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AP McCoy signs up as Channel 4 Racing pundit

Horseracing’s greatest jump jockey, AP McCoy, will join Channel 4 for its racing coverage on an exclusive contract from this November to coincide with the start of the jump season.

AP’s first broadcast with the Channel 4 team will be on the Saturday, November 14 of The Open at Cheltenham and he will also work on several of Channel 4’s premier racedays and festivals across both codes of the sport.

The sporting icon will work alongside the likes of Clare Balding, Nick Luck, Mick Fitzgerald, Emma Spencer, Alice Plunkett, Rishi Persad, Jim McGrath, Graham Cunningham, Simon Holt and Tanya Stevenson.

McCoy has been recognised as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time with 4,357 victories to his name and 20 consecutive Champion Jump Jockey titles.

During his career he won virtually every major race including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the Grand National. 

In 2010 the Moneyglass man won BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

As part of a new agreement, AP will work on The Open, the Hennessy Gold Cup, the William Hill King George, Cheltenham’s January Trials meeting, two days from Cheltenham Festival, the Crabbie’s Grand National and the Investec Derby. 

He will also take in two days from Royal Ascot, additional days from York’s Ebor Festival and will re-join for the flat season finale QIPCO British Champions Day.

McCoy said: “I’ve been very lucky and privileged to have enjoyed a fantastic career as a jump jockey. 

"I’m looking forward to working with Channel 4 over the next year and delighted to be back at some of the main festivals with a top presentation team.”

Ed Havard, Channel 4’s head of TV events, said: “AP is the most celebrated jockey in the world and is one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

"His unrivalled knowledge of the sport will be an absolutely massive asset to our coverage and viewers will benefit from the insights of the most famous name in the sport.

“Together with our existing team - including Clare Balding, Mick Fitzgerald and Nick Luck -  AP will help take Channel 4’s racing coverage to new levels. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome him to Channel 4.”

Clare Balding added: “I love the sport, the horses and the people in racing; and I feel particularly privileged to get the chance to work with AP McCoy. To hear his unique insight and opinion will be fascinating for all of us."

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill said: “Channel 4 deserves much praise for recruiting AP – he will be a wonderful addition to their racing team.”

Richard Johnson, runner up to AP McCoy in the jockey’s title for the last 20 years, said: “It’s great that Channel 4 has managed to get AP on board. 

"It will be great for the racing public to see a different side of AP and it’s always important to get a rider’s point of view and his are second to none.”

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