Chanelle McCoy: Hilarious meeting with Dublin taxi driver was just what AP needed
Tony McCoy's wife, Chanelle, has described how a funny rendez-vous with a Dublin taxi driver lifted the jockey's mood after he was emotional following the announcement that he will retire at the end of the season.
Tony and his wife Chanelle got into a taxi at Dublin airport yesterday evening and was informed about his own retirement by an oblivious driver.
Speaking on RTE Radio one this morning, she revealed how the incident was the perfect tonic after a difficult day, even though the couple were afraid the laughing taxi driver might crash
"We left Newbury racetrack after he had just announced that this was going to be his last season riding so it was a very emotional day for him," she said.
"We got to Heathrow and got on the plane. On the plane he had time to look at all the lovely text messages he had got and digest what had happened earlier on in the day.
"He was feeling quite bad when we got off the plane and we got into a taxi at Dublin Airport and we were driving out of the airport and the driver said: ‘did you hear that McCoy’s retiring?’.
"AP and I were sitting in the back of the car and we looked at each other and we absolutely started roaring laughing.
"The taxi driver said: ‘what are you laughing at?’ and I said, ‘he is McCoy’ and Tony was like, ‘I’m AP’.
"The driver started roaring laughing and he was trying to look at AP in the rear-view mirror and in doing so that car was veering into the other lane and we were like ‘don’t crash the car’.
"It was what we needed because it made AP laugh really heartily, it broke the ice and changed the mood for the evening."
Tony McCoy's fairytale success on Carlingford Lough in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown yesterday was one that the soon-to-retire rider "will never forget".
A little over 24 hours after he had stunned racing with his retirement announcement following his 200th winner of the season on Mr Mole at Newbury, McCoy was at the Dublin track where he drove the John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough to an emotionally-charged triumph.
He returned to thunderous applause in the winner's enclosure and was clearly moved by the reception he was afforded.
McCoy tweeted on Monday morning: "Thanks to everyone who was @LeopardstownRC yesterday it made the day very special.
"Walking into winner's enclosure after winning Irish Hennessy was a day I'll miss so much but will never forget #CarlingfordLough."
McCoy also won on the Leopardstown card aboard Sort It Out, who like Carlingford Lough runs in the colours of his boss JP McManus.