Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Tony McCoy eyes magical milestone as he pushes for 300 winner tally

First past post: Tony McCoy is in hunt for winners at Aintree
First past post: Tony McCoy is in hunt for winners at Aintree

Tony McCoy returns to the scene of his greatest triumph tonight – looking to launch a bid for what would be the prolific Ulsterman's best achievement of the lot.

McCoy, who won his sole Grand National at Aintree in 2010 on board Don't Push It, racked up his fastest ever half century of winners this week and now aims to push on for a mind-boggling 300 winner tally.

The 40-year-old knows that could be the last great landmark of a glittering career, though he refuses to rule out riding 5,000 winners having hit the magical 4,000 mark last November.

McCoy holds the record for most winners in a season – 289 in 2001/2002 – but 300 is a tally once thought unattainable.

McCoy is already 27 winners clear in his bid for an incredible 20th successive champion jockey crown.

The man from Moneyglass is remaining typically modest about his lightning start to the season.

"The only reason it has happened is because I have been lucky and others definitely not so," he said.

"I feel very sorry for Jason Maguire who has been on the sidelines since the Monday before the Cheltenham Festival with a horrible injury.

"Of my 50 winners probably around 18 have been for Donald McCain and Jason would have been on most of those if he was fit and well.

"Jonjo O'Neill's horses have been in great form and John Ferguson has given me a few winners I would not normally have – so all that has helped my cause.

"All I have got to do now is keep myself in one piece and who knows what the remainder of the season holds."

McCoy is booked for four rides at Aintree tonight – Park Place, Dubai Prince, Chat Room and Mawaqeet.

Ominously, all four are among the favourites.

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