Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

There's just no stopping record-chasing Tony McCoy

Great heights: AP McCoy

It only seems like yesterday that the 2013/2014 National Hunt season ended.

It was actually on April 26.

What is crazy in this extraordinary sport of kings is that the 2014/2015 season officially began the very next day, though there were no jump meetings in Britain until April 30.

Jockeys don't get much time to relax, do they?

Mind you, that's the way they like it. The great AP McCoy is a prime example.

Last season the man from Moneyglass claimed his 19th championship, the highlight of which came at Towcester where he rode the 4000th winner of his remarkable career.

Of course McCoy is odds on to make it 20 titles, but the sensational start he has made to this season has even taken aficionados of horse racing by surprise.

McCoy may have turned 40 earlier this month (FYI Yaya Toure, he didn't make a big fuss about it) but that has not decreased his desire to finish first past the post.

In fact given the way he is riding at the moment it may have provided a bit more intensity and hunger.

Before yesterday's races, McCoy had collected 39 victories from 101 rides.

Sure, he's been on board some good mounts, but to have a winning record of 38.6% at this stage of the campaign is incredible.

If he keeps going at this rate Tony will ride 300 winners in a season, one of the few ambitions he has left to fulfil. His best to date remains 289 in 2001-2002.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... AP McCoy is Northern Ireland's greatest living sportsman. Keep winning champ.

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