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Sir Anthony Peter McCoy, OBE is a former National Hunt horse racing jockey from Northern Ireland and one of the world’s greatest jump jockeys, having been named Champion Jockey for 20 consecutive years. In Sir AP’s career he documented 4,357 career wins, including the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cups, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Champion Hurdle and the King George IV Chase.
Starting his career as an apprentice at Jim Bolger’s stables, the Northern Irishman secured his first win at the young age of 17 in 1992 at the Legal Steps in a flat race. Standing at a height of 1.78m (5’10”) he is taller than most jockeys, prompting him to switch codes and become a jump jockey. He quickly became the fastest jockey to reach to 100 winner mark in a season, beating a long-standing 1947 record held by Gordon Richards for the total number of winners ridden in a season.
He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, becoming the first jockey to win the award due to his dedication and contribution to the sport. He was also named the RTE Sports Person of Year in December 2013, receiving the BBC Lifetime Achievement award. After his 200th win of the 2014/2015 season Sir AP announced his retirement, with his last race in April 2015. He was knighted in 2016 for his service to sport and horse racing.
He now enjoys golf, having taken to it late and is enjoying being a part of the Legends Tour to maintain a sporting competitiveness, playing alongside legends of the game.
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