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AP McCoy loving his retirement and eating like a horse!

By Nevin Farrell

Tony McCoy has revealed he has been piling on the pounds in the three weeks since he quit professional horse racing.

After decades of having to watch what he ate, the 41-year-old multiple champion jockey said he had put on a stone since he left Sandown Park racecourse on April 25.

The racing legend also revealed that he has received an invitation to have lunch with the Queen, but ruled out ever appearing on a reality TV show.

Following a holiday in Barbados with wife Chanelle, when McCoy stepped on the scales during an appearance on Soccer AM at the weekend he was 161lb - 11-and-a-half-stone exactly.

The Moneyglass man said: "I don't think I have eaten as much in 20 years as I have in the last three weeks."

He said he had "pretty much" eaten everything he wanted for breakfast, lunch and dinner and felt "guilt".

Meanwhile, McCoy said he is coping OK without racing so far, "but it will get tougher through the winter of next season whenever the better horses are running".

He said: "You kind of miss the routine, the discipline of it, the lads in the weigh room, the camaraderie of it. Everything is very different, I was so used to getting up in the morning and getting into the car and going racing, spending seven or eight hours in the car some days, but it happens to every sports person.

"I just thought the time was right, it was my 20th year of being champion jockey, I didn't want to carry on too long, I wanted to retire while I was still champion jockey."

And he revealed he has difficulty in airports because the number of metal inserts in bones - smashed up during his success-laden career - cause security scanners to go off.

"I was recently going through Heathrow, obviously I was beeping quite a lot, and one of the security men couldn't work it out... he was putting the detector up and down my back and it kept beeping and beeping," he said.

"I tried to explain that it was built into my body. I had to lift up my shirt so he could scan my skin. He thought I had something inside me."

McCoy also said it was never lost on him that horse racing was a dangerous job "so it is nice to be able to retire relatively in one piece".

And he said he has been invited to Windsor Castle to have lunch with the Queen during Royal Ascot. "She is great for horse racing and the likes of Royal Ascot will really miss her when she is not there as she is great for our sport."

On his plans, McCoy said he would not do Strictly Come Dancing "for diamonds", but added: "I love horse racing so hopefully I will do something within that."

On being a TV pundit, he said he wasn't sure if he would be any good at it.

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