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AP McCoy signs up as Channel 4 Racing pundit

Published 30/10/2015

AP McCoy has joined Channel 4 Racing.
AP McCoy has joined Channel 4 Racing.

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.”

Tony McCoy applauded at Sandown on Saturday for the last race of his career
Tony McCoy applauded at Sandown on Saturday for the last race of his career
Northern Irish jockey Tony McCoy holds up the jockey championship cup presented to him on his retirement at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Southern England, on April 25, 2015. Tony McCoy brings the curtain down on his record-breaking career on the aptly-named Box Office in front of a forecast full house at Sandown today. AFP PHOTO / SEAN DEMPSEYSEAN DEMPSEY/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Irish jockey Tony McCoy holds up the jockey championship cup presented to him on his retirement at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Southern England, on April 25, 2015. Tony McCoy brings the curtain down on his record-breaking career on the aptly-named Box Office in front of a forecast full house at Sandown today. AFP PHOTO / SEAN DEMPSEYSEAN DEMPSEY/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Irish jockey Tony McCoy holds up the jockey championship cup presented to him on his retirement at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Southern England, on April 25, 2015. Tony McCoy brings the curtain down on his record-breaking career on the aptly-named Box Office in front of a forecast full house at Sandown today. AFP PHOTO / SEAN DEMPSEYSEAN DEMPSEY/AFP/Getty Images
Tony McCoy parades the Champion Jockey Trophy during the bet365 Jump Finale at Sandown Racecourse, Surrey David Davies/PA Wire
ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Tony McCoy with the jockeys championship trophy he wins for the 20th consecutive time on the day he retires from the saddle at Sandown racecourse on April 25, 2015 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Tony McCoy with his valet Chris Maude on the day he retires from the saddle at Sandown racecourse on April 25, 2015 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy receives a lifetime achievement award from Liam Brady (left) on behalf of Sandown Racecourse during the bet365 Jump Finale at Sandown Racecourse Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Tony McCoy with his wife Chanelle, daughter Eve and son Archie during the bet365 Jump Finale at Sandown Racecourse, Surrey.
Jockey Tony McCoy signs racecards during the bet365 Jump Finale at Sandown Racecourse, Surrey.
File photo dated 07-11-2013 of Tony McCoy celebrating claiming his 4000th winner on Mountain Tunes in the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire.
File photo dated 24-04-2010 of John Francome (left) with Tony McCoy and daughter Eve after winning the People's Award during the bet365 Gold Cup Meeting at Sandown Racecourse, Surrey.
File photo dated 12-03-2015 of Tony McCoy (left) receives a kiss from wife Chanelle McCoy after winning the Ryanair Chase on Uxizandre, on St Patrick's Day during the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.
File photo dated 26-04-2014 of Tony McCoy with the Champion Jockey's trophy.
File photo dated 10-03-2009 of Jockey Tony McCoy celebrating winning the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase, on Wichita Lineman
ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Tony McCoy signs autographs on his retirement day at Sandown racecourse on April 25, 2015 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Liam Brady presents Tony McCoy with a special award at Sandown racecourse on April 25, 2015 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Tony McCoy poses on his retirement day at Sandown racecourse on April 25, 2015 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Tony McCoy poses on his retirement day at Sandown racecourse on April 25, 2015 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Tony McCoy on Uxizandre celebrates with owner JP McManus (R) after victory in the Ryanair Steeplechase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Trainer, Paul Nicholls looks on with AP McCoy at Exeter Racecourse on December 18, 2014 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes celebrates with his family after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes is congratulated by fellow jockey Andrew Thornton after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
11 Mar 1997: Tony McCoy celebrates on Make a Stand after winning the Smurfit Champion Hurdle, at the Cheltenham Festival. \ Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport
16 Mar 2001: Jockey Tony McCoy dons a red nose before ridding at Lingfield Park. Mandatory Credit: Julian Herbert/ALLSPORT
19 Feb 1997: Tony McCoy making a phone call between races at Folkestone race course. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
6 Mar 2002: Tony McCoy relaxes in the changing room after returning On Dee after riding Java Sea to victory at Bangor in Wales. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Julian Herbert/Getty Images
7 Mar 2002: Tony McCoy takes Carandrew down to the start of The Tommy wallis Hurdle Race run at Wincanton. The pair finished fifth in the race. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Julian Herbert/Getty Images
27 Oct 2000: Jockey Tony McCoy before the National Hunt Racing held in Towcester, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Peter Norton /Allsport
FLASHBACK: Champion Co Antrim jockey Tony McCoy has made history by securing 4,000 career wins. Pictured on Thursday on winner Mountain Tunes
Tony McCoy riding On The Record to equal the all-time number of career wins. Pic Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Tony McCoy is interviewed after winning The 32red On The App Store handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter Racecourse
Tony McCoy signs autographs before The Agetur UK Handicap Hurdle Race at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes is congratulated by fellow jockey Andrew Thornton after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes celebrates after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/G2etty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes is congratulated by fellow jockey Andrew Thornton after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes is congratulated by fellow jockey Andrew Thornton after winning the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race for his 4000th winner on November 7, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes (C) celebrates victory to give Tony McCoy his 4000th career win in The Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race with daughter Eve and son Archie Peter and wife Chanelle at Towcester racecourse on November 07, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
TOWCESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Tony McCoy riding Mountain Tunes (C) celebrates victory to give Tony McCoy his 4000th career win in The Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle Race with daughter Eve and son Archie Peter and wife Chanelle at Towcester racecourse on November 07, 2013 in Towcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy poses with his trophy marking his 4000th career victory at Towcester racecourse on November 07, 2013 in Towcester
Champion Co Antrim jockey Tony McCoy has made history by securing 4,000 career wins. Pictured on Thursday on winner Mountain Tunes
Champion Co Antrim jockey Tony McCoy has made history by securing 4,000 career wins
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy riding Foundation Man clear the last to win The Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy riding Foundation Man clear the last to win The Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy presented with the Galway Plate by President Michael D Higgins 31/7/2013...2013 Galway Festival, Ballybrit, Galway 31/7/2013 The www.thetote.com Galway Plate Carlingford Lough jockey Tony McCoy presented with the Galway Plate by President Michael D Higgins Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie...
Aintree Races...LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Tony McCoy riding At Fishers Cross clear the last to win The John Smith's Sefton Novices Hurdle Race at Aintree racecourse on April 05, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Exeter Races...EXETER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jockey Tony McCoy poses at Exeter racecourse on February 10, 2013 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Investitures at Buckingham Palace...LONDON - JUNE 28: Jockey Tony McCoy poses with his wife Chanelle and daughter Eve after he received his OBE which he received from Queen Elizabeth IIat Buckingham Palace June 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Horse Racing - United Racing Media Day - Oaksey House...Jockey Tony McCoy at Nicky Henderson's yard at Severn Barrow, during a United Racing Media Day at Oaksey House, Lambourn.
Horse Racing - Tony McCoy Reception - Stormont...Jockey Tony McCoy arrives with his wife Chanelle and daughter Eve for the reception in his honour at Stormont, County Antrim.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with members of his family. after winning the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Tony McCoy on Well Hello There, following the fifth race, The Smith and Williamson Handicap Steeple Chase, at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter.
Tony McCoy on Well Hello There, following the fifth race, The Smith and Williamson Handicap Steeple Chase, at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter.
AP McCoy rides Foundation Man to win the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
Tony McCoy riding Captain Cutter goes on to win the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
tONY McCoy rides Chalk it Down in the Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
Tony McCoy rides Chalk it Down in the Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
Jockey Tony McCoy makes his way in after the Bathwick Tyres Plymouth Novices´ Hurdle at Exeter Racecourse, Exeter.
El Macca ridden by Tony McCoy during the RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle Race at Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire.
Tony McCoy during the RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle Race at Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire.
Holywell ridden by Tony McCoy in the bookmakers.co.uk Beginners' Chase during the Cumberland Chase Day at Carlisle Racecourse, Carlisle.
Tony McCoy rides Chalk it Down in the Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle Race at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex.
El Macca ridden by Tony McCoy during the RABI Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle Race at Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire.
Horse Racing - The bet365 Gold Cup Meeting - Day Two - Sandown Racecourse...Champion jockey Tony McCoy, with wife Chanelle and daughter Eve during the bet365 Gold Cup Meeting at Sandown Racecourse, Surrey.
Kempton Races...SUNBURY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Tony McCoy poses at Kempton racecourse on January 25, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy at the weigh in Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Winning jockey Tony McCoy, winning trainer Jessica Harrington and owner Frank Berry receives the winning trophies from Mrs Sloan from sponsors WKD. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy with his family Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with riding Jezki after winning the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern - Ireland 1st November 2013 Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with riding Jezki wins the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
John Smith's Grand National...LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Don't Push It and Tony McCoy win the John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree racecourse on April 10, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)...Spo
CHELTENHAM 16-3-2010. BINOCULAR and Tony (AP) McCoy after they won The Champion Hurdle for trainer Nicky Henderson. Photo HEALY RACING.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: (NO SALES/NO ARCHIVE) In this handout image provided by the BBC, Tony McCoy poses with the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the LG Arena on December 19, 2010 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Guy Levy/BBC via Getty Images)
RACING Camel/McCoy...Top jockey Tony McCoy riding a camel at Ascot today, Wednesday April 5, 2000. The race was a trial for the first camel race to take place at the Lambourn Open Day on Good Friday, 21st April. PA Photo....S
Warwick Races...WARWICK, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Jockey Tony McCoy returns to race riding after a fall in December that left him with broken ribs and a punctured lung at Warwick racecourse on January 26, 2012 in Warwick, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Horse Racing - Binocular Filer...File photo dated 16/03/2010 of Tony McCoy on Binocular celebrating victory in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy during day one of the 2010 Cheltenham Festival.
Horse Racing - HEROS Charity Challow Hurdle Day - Newbury Racecourse...Jockey Tony McCoy during the HEROS Charity Challow Hurdle Day at Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire.
Sandown Races...ESHER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Tony McCoy is crowned champion jockey for the eighteenth time at Sandown racecourse on April 27, 2013 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
Jockey AP McCoy and Synchronised pictured after winning the Betfred Cheltenham gold cup yesterday. Pic:Mark Condren 16.3.2012
Stratford Races...STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Tony McCoy in action at Stratford-Upon-Avon racecourse on October 31, 2013 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)...S
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 2 (1:35) Allianz Handicap Hurdle A P McCoy (GreenYellow White cap) on Dear Boss
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. Winner A P McCoy
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 2 (1:35) Allianz Handicap Hurdle A P McCoy (GreenYellow White cap) on Dear Boss
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. A P McCoy on Jezki ahead of Ruby Walsh on Caid Du Berlais
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. A P McCoy on Jezki leads from the start
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 1st November 2013 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle. Winner A P McCoy on Jezki
CHEPSTOW, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: A muddied Tony McCoy after racing at Chepstow racecourse on November 06, 2013 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHEPSTOW, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: A muddied Tony McCoy (R) looks on after a race at Chepstow racecourse on November 06, 2013 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHEPSTOW, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: A muddied Tony McCoy looks on at Chepstow racecourse on November 06, 2013 in Chepstow, Wales. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
EXETER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Jonjo O'Neill with Tony McCoy at Exeter racecourse on November 05, 2013 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy riding Captain Cutter clear the last to win The Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange 'National Hunt' Novices Hurdle Race at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
SUNBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tony McCoy poses at Kempton Park racecourse on November 04, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Tony McCoy makes his way into the parade ring at Carlisle racecourse on November 03, 2013 in Carlisle, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Tony McCoy poses at Carlisle racecourse on November 03, 2013 in Carlisle, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011...MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 22: AP McCoy and wife Chanelle McCoy (R) attend the awards ceremony for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 at Media City UK on December 22, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images)...S
Horse Racing - 2013 Easter Festival - Powers Gold Cup Day - Fairyhouse Racecourse...Call Rog ridden by Tony McCoy wins The I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final during the Easter Festival Powers Gold Cup day at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Ireland.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Sunday 20th November 2011 Jockey Tony McCoy (A P McCoy) pictured in Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Tony McCoy makes his way to the parade ring at Stratford-Upon-Avon racecourse on October 31, 2013 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy on board Holywell at Carlisle yesterday, the prolific Ulsterman on target with a double to move to within four winners of the 4,000 milestone
Tony McCoy pictured at Down Royal
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1. Tony McCoy
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1. Tony McCoy
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1. Tony McCoy with Down Royal Manager Mike Todd
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Winning jockey Tony McCoy, winning trainer Jessica Harrington and owner Frank Berry receives the winning trophies from Mrs Sloan from sponsors WKD. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with members of his family. after winning the 4th race. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Tony McCoy with his family Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal Racecourse - Day 1 Race 4 (2:35) WKD Hurdle Tony McCoy with riding Jezki wins the 4th race.
Tony McCoy is set to race at Down Royal this afternoon
Tony McCoy triumphs in the Weatherbys Handicap Steeple Chase on Eastlake yesterday, the first of an Aintree double, as the Ulsterman's march towards 4,000 winners gathers pace
At Fishers Cross with jockey Tony McCoy after winning The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race during the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Day Four of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
At Fishers Cross with jockey Tony McCoy after winning The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race during the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Day Four of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire.
Heronry ridden by Tony McCoy wins the Docker Hughes Memorial Novices' Hurdle Race during the Cheltenham Festival Preview Raceday at Fontwell Park Racecourse, West Sussex.
Colbert Station left it late to strike for home in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
AP McCoy won on Mischievous Milly at Taunton
Alderwood responds to Tony McCoy's driving

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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