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Tony McCoy knows all about Shaw's pain

By Frank Brownlow

Published 19/09/2015

Good Ayr day: Ulster jockey Martin Harley, with football pundit Robbie Savage, after riding Go Far to victory in Ayr Bronze Cup
Good Ayr day: Ulster jockey Martin Harley, with football pundit Robbie Savage, after riding Go Far to victory in Ayr Bronze Cup

AP McCoy knows exactly what Luke Shaw is going through - because the Ulster racing legend's first major injury was the same as that of the Manchester United defender.

Shaw suffered a double leg break when playing against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League in midweek.

And McCoy (41) - who retired last May after clinching a 20th successive champion jockey title and riding 4,348 career winners - sustained the same injury as a young rider.

McCoy, who tweeted his best wishes to the 20-year-old, said: "A double leg break was my first injury.

"When it happened I thought I was going to die - but it made me stronger."

McCoy knows all about injuries having broken almost every bone in his body during a glittering - if painful - career.

He has been enjoying the more relaxed lifestyle of a retired jockey but returned to the saddle to ride in a charity race at Doncaster last week - winning, of course.

McCoy could make a guest appearance at his local point-to-point fixture at Toomebridge next Saturday.

Ulster jockey Martin Harley goes for glory on board Golden Steps in the £200,000 Ayr Gold Cup today.

Golden Steps was on target last time out and should go close in the Ayr showpiece.

Marco Botti's four-year-old has been quietly cutting a swathe through the ranks and posted a career-best effort when winning the Stewards' Cup consolation race at Goodwood last month.

He lines up on a career-high mark of 103 but is still on the upward curve and can handle a variety of ground.

Harley tuned up for the big race with a winner yesterday, steering Go Far to victory in the Ayr Bronze Cup.

Go Far's trainer Alan Bailey said: "He's done it nicely. That was no surprise, really. I was hoping he'd get in the Silver Cup.

"I won the Ayr Gold Cup with a horse rated 78 (Not So Silly in 1987). Now a horse rated 90 can't get in the Silver, never mind the Gold.

"The plan was for Martin to keep the horse in the middle and wait."

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