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Tony McCoy takes to red carpet for UK premiere of Being AP

By Lisa Smyth

A film offering a unique insight into the life of the greatest jump jockey of all time has had its UK premiere in London.

Being AP takes audiences inside the inspirational life of Northern Ireland jockey Tony McCoy, better known as AP, following him through the last season of his career.

Among those at last night's star-studded red carpet premiere at Picturehouse Central were comedian Paddy Kielty, Victoria Pendleton and champion boxer Carl Frampton.

Providing unprecedented access to McCoy and those closest to him, the film highlights the grit and dedication that allowed him to notch up 4,300 wins, 700 falls, 40 broken bones and a BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award across a near 25-year racing career. Much of the film centres on McCoy's attempts to recover from or ride through the pain of an October 2014 fall at Worcester where he sustained a shoulder injury, ironically in The Injured Jockey's Fund 50th Anniversary Maiden Hurdle.

It shattered his dream of riding 300 winners in a season and finally convinced him to retire from the sport he loves so much.

The 41-year-old never made any secret of the fact that he was dreading retirement after 20 years as a top jockey.

"I did go off the rails when I retired and I was eating even when I wasn't hungry," he said.

"But in the last two weeks I've started to get into a routine and I'm more careful about what I put in my mouth. I don't drink alcohol - but it's nice to be able to eat.

McCoy has also revealed he is somewhat of a reluctant movie star, only agreeing to take part in the film for his son.

"A friend talked me into it," he said. "He thought it would be a nice thing for my boy, Archie, to look back at."

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