Friday 24 November 2017

Vincent Hogan: McCoy courage levels on a different planet

Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

IS THERE, pound for pound, a harder sportsman alive today than AP McCoy?

If there is any audit more daunting than his incredible record of riding 4,000 winners, it is the glossary of injuries accumulated along the way. McCoy (right) has broken everything from vertebrae in his back to collar-bones, shoulder blades, cheekbones, arms, ankles, eye-sockets, thumbs and teeth in a career now stretching to almost quarter of a century.

Yet, his competitive integrity – whether on the Gold Cup favourite at Cheltenham or some fiddle-headed long-shot in a midweek meet at Fakenham – is unchanging.

Physical courage is the most basic imperative of any jump jockey's existence. In McCoy's case, that courage flies right off the radar.

Irish Independent

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