Thursday 22 March 2018

McCoy: Facts and figures

Tony McCoy
Tony McCoy

Here are some of the most interesting facts and figures from the career of the great AP McCoy.

:: McCoy started working with horses at the age of 13, working full-time from leaving school at 15. His weight rocketed after some time off with a broken leg following a fall whilst employed at Jim Bolger's and this was the deciding factor which drove McCoy from Flat to jumps racing.

: :: McCoy's riding injuries have included: broken middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, both collarbones, ribs, ankle, cheekbones, wrist, ankle and leg plus a dislocated thumb and chipped teeth.

:: Roger Federer held his sport's number one spot for a whopping 237 consecutive weeks. McCoy has not yet finished his reign of over 936 weeks as champion jump jockey.

:: It took McCoy 15 attempts before sealing an elusive first victory in the Grand National aboard the gambled-on Don't Push It in 2010. Bookmakers recorded a loss of around £50million on the race.

:: McCoy has been the retained jockey for owner JP McManus for nine years.

:: In 2003 McCoy was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours and an OBE in 2010.

:: He became BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, beating Phil Taylor and Jessica Ennis-Hill to the coveted trophy. It was the first time a jockey had been awarded the honour.

:: His first novel, 'Taking the Fall' will be published in November 2013 by Orion. Its central character is Duncan Claymore, a super-talented conditional jockey who is nonetheless struggling. Expect thrills and spills galore.

:: McCoy is the proud winner of 20 Lesters - the jockeys' awards, named after the legendary flat jockey Lester Piggott, which are racing's equivalent to the Oscars.

:: AP spends 2 - 2.5 hours, six days a week sweating in the bath or sauna (equivalent of 1.3 years of his life). On average AP sweats 2-4Ib per session.

:: McCoy was crowned champion conditional jockey at 21 after riding 74 winners in the 1994/1995 season, when attached to the yard of trainer Toby Balding.

:: McCoy has been crowned champion jockey 18 times and is currently leading the championship on the way to his 19th victory.

:: McCoy was 17 when riding his first winner, Legal Steps, to victory for Jim Bolger at Thurles in 1992.

:: McCoy rode his first winner in England aboard the Gordon Edwards-trained Chickabiddy at Exeter on September 7, 1994.

:: McCoy has won two Cheltenham Gold Cups, the first aboard Mr Mulligan in 1997 and the second on Synchronised in 2012.

:: McCoy's riding weight can get as low as 10st 3lb, although he feels his natural body weight is around 12st.

:: McCoy's average strike rate for the previous 20 seasons in Britain is 24% wins to rides.

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