Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tony McCoy: Factfile of champion jump jockey as he reaches 4,000 career milestone

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. Pictured on Thursday on winner Mountain Tunes
Tony McCoy walks back to weighing room at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire.
Tony McCoy walks back to weighing room at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire.
Alderwood responds to Tony McCoy's driving
Alderwood responds to Tony McCoy's driving

TONY MCCOY: FACTFILE

Born: May 4, 1974.

Father: Peadar McCoy, bred County Hurdle winner Thumbs Up.

Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger - rode work on horses such as Irish

Derby winner St Jovite and Oaks winner Jet Ski Lady.

First winner: Legal Steps at Thurles on March 26, 1992.

Joined Toby Balding at start of 1994-5 season after riding 13 winners (six on the Flat) in Ireland.

Joins Martin Pipe in 1996 - an association which lasted eight years.

Appointed retained rider for millionaire owner, JP McManus, at the end of the 2003-04 campaign.

First winner in Britain: Chickabiddy at Exeter on September 7, 1994.

Champion conditional jockey: 1994-5 with 74 winners - at the time a record for the number of wins by a conditional jockey (he finished seventh in the full jockeys' championship).

Lost right to claim when won on Romany Creek at Nottingham on February 28, 1995.

Beat Sir Gordon Richards' all-time record total of 269 winners in a season on Valfonic at Warwick on April 2, 2002.

Became all-time winning-most jumps jockey, beating Richard Dunwoody's record of 1,699, when winning on Mighty Montefalco at Uttoxeter on August 27, 2002.

Champion jockey: 1995-6, 1996-7, 1997-8, 1998-9, 1999-2000, 2000-1, 2001-2, 2002-3, 2003-4, 2004-5, 2005-6, 2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13.

Best season: 289 winners in 2001-2

1,000th winner: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999.

1,500th winner: Celtic Native, Exeter, December, 2001.

1,700th winner (new record): Mighty Montefalco, Uttoxeter, August 27, 2002.

Awarded MBE in 2003.

2,000th winner: Magical Bailiwick, Wincanton, January 17, 2004.

3,000th winner over jumps in Britain and Ireland: Restless D'Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009.

4,000th winner over jumps in Britain and Ireland: Mountain Tunes, Towcester, November 7, 2013.

Champion Hurdle winners: Make A Stand 1997, Brave Inca 2006, Binocular 2010.

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner: Mr Mulligan 1997, Synchronised 2012

Champion Chase winner: Edredon Bleu 2000.

King George VI Chase winner: Best Mate 2002.

Grand National winner: Don't Push It 2010.

Rode 150th winner at Cheltenham on Hills Of Aran January 1, 2008.

Awarded an OBE in June 2010.

Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2010.

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