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Tributes paid to 'iron man' McCoy

Champion jockey Tony McCoy has been hailed as the iron man of racing.

Plans are advanced to hold a Stormont reception for the Co Antrim-born competitor after he notched up 4,000 victories last week.

Assembly members paid tribute to the Moneyglass native.

Ulster Unionist Danny Kinahan said: "He is a tall man, he is an iron man, he is determined and he is someone who whenever you see him you should think here is a great race winner.

"He is miles ahead of everyone else."

Mr Kinahan revealed that he had wanted to be a jockey himself when he was younger and lighter.

Democratic Unionist Trevor Clarke also praised his hard work and iron will.

Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin said McCoy was the opposite of the negative sentiments often heard at Stormont.

"This assembly will have the opportunity to honour Tony McCoy," he said.

He added the reception would allow MLAs to welcome him and publicly acknowledge his contribution.

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