Wednesday 20 November 2019

Tony McCoy exclusive: The talent in the weigh room isn't what it used to be

Tony McCoy has his final ride tomorrow
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On the day of his last rides at Sandown, AP McCoy admits in a compelling interview with the Irish Independent that he has felt deflated about the job that he obsessed over for so long ever since Aintree's Grand National meeting earlier in the month.

Despite his frequent assertion that he doesn't really want to retire, the legendary Co Antrim native, who will tomorrow be crowned champion jockey for a 20th consecutive time just nine days shy of his 41st birthday, says that he has been left wondering by what there is to gain by riding before his Sandown finale, as he prepares to wean himself off the "drug" of riding.

"I wouldn’t say that the buzz had gone out of it but the reality of it had set in," he confides, before also revealing that he believes the depth of talent in the weigh room isn't what it used to be.

"Jockeys eat better and lads go running now but," he says "at the same time, there isn’t the depth of talent that was there in the past."

Read the full interview tomorrow

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