Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Magnificent Tony McCoy delights Down Royal with his 3,992th win

Tony McCoy pictured at Down Royal yesterday

That magical 4,000 figure is now within touching distance for the phenomenal AP McCoy.

The Ulsterman moved to within eight winners of that amazing tally with victory on board Jezki in the feature WKD Hurdle on a rare visit to Down Royal yesterday.

The 39-year-old has seven rides at Wetherby today and six at Carlisle tomorrow so should hit the remarkable 4,000 mark early next week – a feat that would make him Northern Ireland's, if not the UK's, greatest ever sportsman. McCoy passed the previous record of 1,699 – held by fellow Ulsterman Richard Dunwoody – 11 years ago.

Since then he has been re-writing the record books and the crowds flocked to Down Royal yesterday – the Festival concludes today – for what was only McCoy's second appearance at the track in 20 years.

His presence added an estimated extra 2,000 people to the gate in a total crowd of 8,000.

"It's good to be back home and I'll be very proud if I can reach 4,000 winners," he said.

McCoy is closing in on a 19th successive champion jockey title and he revealed that he will indeed attempt a 20th crown, despite turning 40 early in the next campaign.