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Friday 26 December 2014

AP McCoy to smash record after waiting game

Providing the answer: Tony McCoy should clinch new record when he rides at Market Rasen today
Providing the answer: Tony McCoy should clinch new record when he rides at Market Rasen today

Tony McCoy will finally end the wait for his latest stunning record when he rides at Market Rasen today.

The prolific Ulsterman requires just one winner to finally beat trainer Martin Pipe's monster tally of 4,191 winners – and with an odds-on shot among his book of six rides, that shouldn't be a problem.

If the unthinkable happens and the 40-year-old fails to get the one winner needed, he has a further six rides at Stratford tomorrow.

'AP' boosted attendances at Uttoxeter and Worcester on Wednesday but could only equal Pipe's mark with a win on the aptly named On the Record from three rides at Uttoxeter before a helicopter whisked the champion jockey the 60 miles to Worcester's evening meeting, where he was off target on his four mounts.

The juvenile hurdle which kicks off today's Market Rasen card at 1.45 provides McCoy with his first opportunity when he rides Officer Drivel.

Next up is Join The Clan at 2.25, then he misses the 2.55, before taking the ride on It's A Gimme in the Listed Betfred Summer Plate at 3.30.

Odds-on shot Parlour Games is next in the novice hurdle at 4.05, then McCoy rides Dreamsoftheatre in the 4.40 before wrapping up on Amuse Me in the 5.15.

McCoy, as stable jockey, rode most of Pipe's winners in the period between 1997 and 2004 before linking up with leading owner JP McManus.

Pipe – who retired in 2006 – and McCoy have remained firm friends and the record has been a source of humour between them.

"The thing with me and Mr Pipe is that it's just a personal thing," explained McCoy.

"We've a lot of friends and there's been a lot of banter for a long time.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he went to Newmarket for a trainer's course – I hope I've driven him mad!" joked the Moneyglass rider.

McCoy is already well on the way to a 20th successive champion jockey title and his next big target is 300 winners for the season – he holds the current record of 289.

He has had a great season so far, notching his fastest ever half century of winners.

McCoy passed the unprecedented 4,000 winner mark last November and at his current strike rate would need only two more seasons to get close to 5,000.

Bookies are offering 7-2 that McCoy reaches the magical 5,000 mark. But if he can steer relatively injury-free, it is not beyond the iron man.

But for now, the new record will do nicely. Then the bar will be raised yet further.

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