Thursday 18 January 2018

Tony McCoy's Magnificent Seven - the best wins in an extraordinary career

Jockey Tony McCoy
Jockey Tony McCoy

Michael Verney

It was a stunning weekend for Tony McCoy notching his 200th winner of the season aboard Mr Mole at Newbury and subsequently announcing his retirement at the end of the season.

The record-breaking jockey then flew to Leopardstown on Sunday where he collected his first Irish Hennessy Gold Cup on John Kiely's Carlingford Lough. have had time to draw breath and put together McCoy's seven best rides of all time in homage of his amazing achievements.

1. Wichita Lineman, William Hill Trophy, Cheltenham March 10 2009

Punters had lost all hope with the Jonjo O'Neill-trained favourite after a series of blunders and he looked well beaten from a long way out. McCoy would not be deterred however and the Antrim rider literally picked up his mount and carried him to victory in the shadow of the winning post in what is regarded as one of the greatest riding performances of all time.

2. Don't Push It, Grand National, Aintree April 10 2010

After several near misses, most notably on Blowing Wind and Clan Royal, it was 15th time lucky for AP in Aintree's showpiece event. The heavily-backed JP McManus-owned runner finally gave the champion jockey the Grand National winner he so dearly craved surging clear on the run in for an emphatic success adding the only missing piece of silverware to his already overflowing collection.

3. Pridwell, Martell Hurdle, Aintree April 4 1998

Martin Pipe and McCoy enjoyed a record-breaking partnership and it was aboard Pipe's Pridwell that he gave one of his greatest ever displays in the saddle defeating the legendary Istabraq. A young McCoy coaxed the written-off underdog to victory beating the reigning champion hurdler by a head in the mud.

4. Family Business, Feast of St Raymond Novice Chase, Southwell January 23 2002

Far away from the glitz of Cheltenham and Aintree, McCoy displayed his infamous will-to-win aboard Family Business at a run of the mill meeting at Southwell. Unseated at the tenth fence, AP quickly remounted upon seeing his remaining four rivals fall by the wayside and collected the £4,000 prize in unique fashion.

5. Mini Sensation, The Devon Marathon, Exeter December 3 2004

Trading at 999-1 on Betfair mid-race, the former Welsh National winner looked a spent force as McCoy got to work a circuit from home. He galvinised the horse but still looked beaten three out before throwing the kitchen sink at his charge and hitting the front with 50 yards to go.

6. Synchronised, Gold Cup, Cheltenham March 16 2012

It had been 15 years since his first Gold Cup success aboard Mr Mulligan when AP steered Sychronised to the blue riband, in what was another big race winner for his close friend McManus. A Welsh National winner only 14 months previous, McCoy overcame some sloppy jumping aboard the 8-1 shot to best previous winners Kauto Star and Long Run.

7. Deano's Beeno, The Long Walk Hurdle, Ascot December 20 2002

Often lauded for his aggressive style and ability to get the most out of his runners, McCoy showed his tactical genius when partnering Deano's Beeno to victory over leading staying hurdler Baracouda. AP jumped off and made every post a winning one, battling on gamely under the 'McCoy drive' to stun the hot favourite in the process.

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