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Sunday 21 December 2014

McCoy 4,000 wins: Peadar 'felt like crying' after seeing son Tony reach milestone

Champion Co Antrim jockey Tony McCoy has made history by securing 4,000 career wins. Pictured on Thursday on winner Mountain Tunes
Champion Co Antrim jockey Tony McCoy has made history by securing 4,000 career wins. Pictured on Thursday on winner Mountain Tunes
Tony McCoy walks back to weighing room at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire.
Tony McCoy signs autographs before The Agetur UK Handicap Hurdle Race at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes is congratulated by fellow jockey Andrew Thornton after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes celebrates after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/G2etty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes is congratulated by fellow jockey Andrew Thornton after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes is congratulated by fellow jockey Andrew Thornton after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes (C) celebrates victory to give Tony McCoy his 4000th career win in The Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race with daughter Eve and son Archie Peter and wife Chanelle at Towcester racecourse on November 07, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes (C) celebrates victory to give Tony McCoy his 4000th career win in The Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race with daughter Eve and son Archie Peter and wife Chanelle at Towcester racecourse on November 07, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy poses with his trophy marking his 4000th career victory at Towcester racecourse on November 07, 2013 in Towcester
Champion Co Antrim jockey Tony McCoy has made history by securing 4,000 career wins. Pictured on Thursday on winner Mountain Tunes
Champion Co Antrim jockey Tony McCoy has made history by securing 4,000 career wins
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy riding Foundation Man clear the last to win The Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy riding Foundation Man clear the last to win The Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy presented with the Galway Plate by President Michael D Higgins 31/7/2013...2013 Galway Festival, Ballybrit, Galway 31/7/2013 The www.thetote.com Galway Plate Carlingford Lough jockey Tony McCoy presented with the Galway Plate by President Michael D Higgins Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie...
Aintree Races...LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Tony McCoy riding At Fishers Cross clear the last to win The John Smith's Sefton Novices Hurdle Race at Aintree racecourse on April 05, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Exeter Races...EXETER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jockey Tony McCoy poses at Exeter racecourse on February 10, 2013 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Investitures at Buckingham Palace...LONDON - JUNE 28: Jockey Tony McCoy poses with his wife Chanelle and daughter Eve after he received his OBE which he received from Queen Elizabeth IIat Buckingham Palace June 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Horse Racing - United Racing Media Day - Oaksey House...Jockey Tony McCoy at Nicky Henderson's yard at Severn Barrow, during a United Racing Media Day at Oaksey House, Lambourn.
Horse Racing - Tony McCoy Reception - Stormont...Jockey Tony McCoy arrives with his wife Chanelle and daughter Eve for the reception in his honour at Stormont, County Antrim.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with members of his family. after winning the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Tony McCoy on Well Hello There, following the fifth race, The Smith and Williamson Handicap Steeple Chase, at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter.
Tony McCoy on Well Hello There, following the fifth race, The Smith and Williamson Handicap Steeple Chase, at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter.
AP McCoy rides Foundation Man to win the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
Tony McCoy riding Captain Cutter goes on to win the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
tONY McCoy rides Chalk it Down in the Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
Tony McCoy rides Chalk it Down in the Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
Jockey Tony McCoy makes his way in after the Bathwick Tyres Plymouth Novices´ Hurdle at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter.
El Macca ridden by Tony McCoy during the RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle Race at Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire.
Tony McCoy during the RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle Race at Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire.
Holywell ridden by Tony McCoy in the bookmakers.co.uk Beginners' Chase during the Cumberland Chase Day at Carlisle Racecourse, Carlisle.
Tony McCoy rides Chalk it Down in the Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
El Macca ridden by Tony McCoy during the RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle Race at Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire.
Horse Racing - The bet365 Gold Cup Meeting - Day Two - Sandown Racecourse...Champion jockey Tony McCoy, with wife Chanelle and daughter Eve during the bet365 Gold Cup Meeting at Sandown Racecourse, Surrey.
Kempton Races...SUNBURY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Tony McCoy poses at Kempton racecourse on January 25, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy at the weigh in Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Winning jockey Tony McCoy, winning trainer Jessica Harrington and owner Frank Berry receives the winning trophies from Mrs Sloan from sponsors WKD. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy with his family Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with riding Jezki after winning the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with riding Jezki wins the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
John Smith's Grand National...LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Don't Push It and Tony McCoy win the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree racecourse on April 10, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)...Spo
CHELTENHAM 16-3-2010. BINOCULAR and Tony (AP) McCoy after they won The Champion Hurdle for trainer Nicky Henderson. Photo HEALY RACING.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: (NO SALES/NO ARCHIVE) In this handout image provided by the BBC, Tony McCoy poses with the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the LG Arena on December 19, 2010 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Guy Levy/BBC via Getty Images)
RACING Camel/McCoy...Top jockey Tony McCoy riding a camel at Ascot today, Wednesday April 5, 2000. The race was a trial for the first camel race to take place at the Lambourn Open Day on Good Friday, 21st April. PA Photo....S
Warwick Races...WARWICK, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Jockey Tony McCoy returns to race riding after a fall in December that left him with broken ribs and a punctured lung at Warwick racecourse on January 26, 2012 in Warwick, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Horse Racing - Binocular Filer...File photo dated 16/03/2010 of Tony McCoy on Binocular celebrating victory in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy during day one of the 2010 Cheltenham Festival.
Horse Racing - HEROS Charity Challow Hurdle Day - Newbury Racecourse...Jockey Tony McCoy during the HEROS Charity Challow Hurdle Day at Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire.
Sandown Races...ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Tony McCoy is crowned champion jockey for the eighteenth time at Sandown racecourse on April 27, 2013 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Jockey AP McCoy and Synchronised pictured after winning the Betfred Cheltenham gold cup yesterday. Pic:Mark Condren 16.3.2012
Stratford Races...STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Tony McCoy in action at Stratford-Upon-Avon racecourse on October 31, 2013 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 2 (1:35) Allianz Handicap Hurdle A P McCoy (GreenYellow White cap) on Dear Boss
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. Winner A P McCoy
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 2 (1:35) Allianz Handicap Hurdle A P McCoy (GreenYellow White cap) on Dear Boss
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. A P McCoy on Jezki ahead of Ruby Walsh on Caid Du Berlais
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. A P McCoy on Jezki leads from the start
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. Winner A P McCoy on Jezki
CHEPSTOW, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: A muddied Tony McCoy after racing at Chepstow racecourse on November 06, 2013 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHEPSTOW, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: A muddied Tony McCoy (R) looks on after a race at Chepstow racecourse on November 06, 2013 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHEPSTOW, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: A muddied Tony McCoy looks on at Chepstow racecourse on November 06, 2013 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Jonjo O'Neill with Tony McCoy at Exeter racecourse on November 05, 2013 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy riding Captain Cutter clear the last to win The Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange 'National Hunt' Novices Hurdle Race at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy poses at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Tony McCoy makes his way into the parade ring at Carlisle racecourse on November 03, 2013 in Carlisle, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Tony McCoy poses at Carlisle racecourse on November 03, 2013 in Carlisle, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011...MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 22: AP McCoy and wife Chanelle McCoy (R) attend the awards ceremony for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 at Media City UK on December 22, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images)...S
Horse Racing - 2013 Easter Festival - Powers Gold Cup Day - Fairyhouse Racecourse...Call Rog ridden by Tony McCoy wins The I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final during the Easter Festival Powers Gold Cup day at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Ireland.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 20th November 2011 Jockey Tony McCoy (A P McCoy) pictured in Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Tony McCoy makes his way to the parade ring at Stratford-Upon-Avon racecourse on October 31, 2013 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy on board Holywell at Carlisle yesterday, the prolific Ulsterman on target with a double to move to within four winners of the 4,000 milestone
Tony McCoy pictured at Down Royal
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1. Tony McCoy
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1. Tony McCoy
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1. Tony McCoy with Down Royal Manager Mike Todd
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Winning jockey Tony McCoy, winning trainer Jessica Harrington and owner Frank Berry receives the winning trophies from Mrs Sloan from sponsors WKD. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with members of his family. after winning the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy with his family Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with riding Jezki wins the 4th race.
Tony McCoy is set to race at Down Royal this afternoon
Tony McCoy triumphs in the Weatherbys Handicap Steeple Chase on Eastlake yesterday, the first of an Aintree double, as the Ulsterman's march towards 4,000 winners gathers pace
At Fishers Cross with jockey Tony McCoy after winning The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race during the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Day Four of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
At Fishers Cross with jockey Tony McCoy after winning The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race during the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Day Four of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire.
Heronry ridden by Tony McCoy wins the Docker Hughes Memorial Novices' Hurdle Race during the Cheltenham Festival Preview Raceday at Fontwell Park Racecourse, West Sussex.
Colbert Station left it late to strike for home in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
AP McCoy won on Mischievous Milly at Taunton
Alderwood responds to Tony McCoy's driving

Peadar McCoy admitted he felt like crying after seeing his son Tony drive Mountain Tunes home at Towcester to record the 4,000th winner of his career over jumps.

It was an extra special moment for the rider, with his family in attendance, as well his boss JP McManus, in whose colours he achieved the landmark figure on a horse sent off the 6-4 favourite.

Paedar McCoy, a joiner by trade but who kept a few horses as a "hobby" when McCoy was growing up, said: "It's a great day, I feel like crying.

"It couldn't have gone better, the way he won it wasn't easy but it was great.

"It looked like he was going to get beat but he pulled it out of the bag, him and the horse.

"He can still sleep as well as ever, nothing bothers him.

"He got a great reception when he went to Northern Ireland at Down Royal the other day, it was brilliant.

"I'm very proud."

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