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McCoy out to prove he's still a winner at Doncaster

By Frank Brownlow

Published 22/08/2015

I'm back: AP McCoy prepares for his return to the track
I'm back: AP McCoy prepares for his return to the track

Tony McCoy aims to be a winner as he prepares for his return to the saddle in little over a fortnight.

The Ulster great, who retired in April after 20 successive champion jockey titles and a record 4,348 winners, will ride in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race at Doncaster on September 9.

And - surprise, surprise - it's a race McCoy is determined to win.

"Someone said 'it's not important whether you win or lose'. Whoever said that probably lost - it's all about winning isn't it?" McCoy said.

"Whoever said it's the taking part that counts is full of you know what!"

And it's all in a good cause, as McCoy explained: "Being a patron of the Injured Jockeys Fund, it's important I do my little bit to help out.

"I think it's going to be my one and only experience of riding in a charity race and it wasn't my intention at all to ever ride, but at the opening of Jack Berry House he (Jack Berry) asked me if I'd do it.

"I think he's raised over half a million pounds and I thought 'it's the least I can do' - and obviously hopefully win it!"

Having spent more than 20 years living off scraps of food and boiling away pounds in hot baths, he could easily be forgiven for putting a few pounds on since his retirement.

However, the greatest jockey of all time has revealed he is once again watching his weight as he prepares to return for his one-off ride, spending plenty of time at trainer Jonjo O'Neill's yard.

"Here's something I wasn't expecting to say so soon - I'm watching my weight," McCoy admitted.

"I'm in training for the Legends race and riding out at Jonjo's," he added.

"I'm getting a little bit heavy so I'm riding out to keep fit."

McCoy also had news of the documentary film about the final season of his career, titled 'Being AP' and which is set to premiere later in the year.

The film follows McCoy as he drives towards his 20th jump jockeys title, taking in the four days of the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National meeting and the season finale at Sandown.

McCoy said: "Being AP is going to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival later this year, which is the result of the cameras following me around for the last year of my career.

"It was something I decided to do mainly for my little boy, Archie, so he'll be able to look back at it when he's a little older.

"I actually enjoyed it and didn't notice the cameras.

"The director is Anthony Wonke and he's won three Baftas, so whatever chance I had of looking okay, he was probably my best chance."

McCoy - who won the 2010 Aintree Grand National on Don't Push It, resulting in the Moneyglass man becoming the only jockey to be named BBC Sports Personality - continued: "I don't think acting is for me though.

"I don't have the physique of a Vinnie Jones or the temperament to play the tough guy so I'm not sure what my role would be if I was to go into acting."

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