Thursday 18 January 2018

WATCH - Legendary jockey AP McCoy pleads son to 'slow down' as he shows racing potential on quad bike

Archie has inherited his dad's need for speed
Archie has inherited his dad's need for speed

Daniel Zeqiri

Anthony McCoy had a relentless appetite for danger during his unparalleled career as a jumps jockey, and it seems four-year-old son Archie is a chip off the old block.

The 20-time Champion Jockey was videoed by wife Chanelle yelling at his boy to 'slow down' as he raced away on a quad bike.

The video was accompanied by a tweet from Chanelle saying McCoy's pleas were a case of the 'pot calling the kettle black' and signed off with #likefatherlikeson.

McCoy endured dozens of injuries during his garlanded career including: Broken middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, both collarbones, ribs, ankle, cheekbones, wrist and ankle.

Son Archie underwent heart surgery as a seven-month old baby in 2014 at the Portland Hospital in London, with McCoy spending several days at his bedside in the run-up to that year's Cheltenham Festival.

Wife Chanelle has previously expressed concerns that Archie and 10-year-old daughter Eve would follow in their father's footsteps and pursue a life in the saddle.

Speaking to TV Now magazine, she said:  “I would be really worried if my son Archie wanted to be a jump jockey.

“AP would have about 70 injuries a year and there’s a lot of hospital visits so I know what’s ahead as a jump jockey.

“Look, if he does, you just go with it and embrace it but I’d hate to go through all that worry again, that I did over the last few years.

“It’s nice not to have that feeling of worry or anxiety when you get a phone call to say your husband has been brought to hospital in an ambulance.”

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