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AP McCoy trots off with Irish sporting legend prize

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/02/2016

Tony McCoy and wife Chanelle
Tony McCoy and wife Chanelle

Former champion jockey AP McCoy has been honoured as a legend at the Irish Sports Awards.

The newly knighted retired rider arrived at the glittering ceremony at the Doubletree Hilton in Dublin on Saturday night with wife Chanelle.

He was handed the award for his achievements as 20 time champion jockey.

The 41-year-old from Moneyglass and his wife have just returned from an extended new year's break in Barbados.

AP topped off his final year of competitive racing with a prestigious honour, as it was announced last month in the Queen's New Year's Honours list that he would receive a knighthood.

The jockey retired last April, days before his 41st birthday, in his 20th consecutive season as champion jockey - the rider with more wins than any other.

In November Chanelle revealed she almost left McCoy after meeting another man.

In a newspaper interview she said she almost walked out on him several times after years of controlling behaviour, but that the crisis led him to change for good.

She said they both now acknowledge an unhealthy pattern developed in the early days of their relationship.

Chanelle and AP met 19 years ago at a race meeting before marrying in 2006.

They have two children - eight-year-old daughter Eve and son Archie (2).

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