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AP McCoy's mum looking forward to some peace - after the celebrations

By John Porter

Published 11/04/2015

Champagne time: Tony McCoy’s parents Claire and Peadear
Champagne time: Tony McCoy’s parents Claire and Peadear

AP McCoy's mother says she'll be watching the big race today - but only in part.

Claire McCoy could not watch her son ride to victory on Don't Push It in the 2010 Grand National.

But today she will put herself through it.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "I don't like the way they all crowd around the starting line and the crowd's all whipped up.

"But I'll watch it, in places. I'll probably listen to it all more than watch it.

"It will just be me and his father in the house, there'll probably be a party at his brother Colm's house and some of the family are in Liverpool.

"They know how to celebrate and have done throughout most of Anthony's career, not that he has been able to. I'm just hoping he gets across the finish line in one piece and maybe I can get some peace.

"No matter what happens there will be celebrations."

Should McCoy not win today's race he will retire at Sandown in two weeks' time.

Claire added: "The past 20 years have been good, but they have also been a tough 20 years.

"Anthony is dedicated and disciplined, he is a perfectionist.

"He has made up his mind and he won't change it, but it will be strange to see a different champion jockey for the first time in 20 years."

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