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Tony McCoy back in paddock just days after retirement

By Sara Neill

Published 29/04/2015

Tony McCoy and wife Chanelle at the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse in Naas, Co Kildare, yesterday
Tony McCoy and wife Chanelle at the Punchestown Festival at Punchestown Racecourse in Naas, Co Kildare, yesterday
Tony McCoy parading his Champion Jockey trophy last Saturday

Just days after hanging up his professional saddle, Tony McCoy was back at the racecourse.

It seems the legendary sportsman, who raced in his last ever event as a jump jockey on Saturday, just can not keep away from the paddock.

But yesterday, the Moneyglass man was on the other side of the rails, as he attended the first day of the Punchestown Festival.

Accompanied by glamorous wife Chanelle, this time there were no tears to be seen - a stark contrast to his emotional final ride at the weekend.

McCoy finished third in his final race at Sandown, and as the crowd cheered and applauded as he took to the course for one last time. The jockey, known as AP, said: "It's amazing. I've been so lucky all my life. I'll never forget this day.

The 40-year-old was honoured with a trophy to mark the end of a career that spanned three different decades.

McCoy has ridden in more than 17,000 races, notched up almost 4,350 winners and fallen around 1,000 times, breaking almost every bone in his body more than once.

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