Belfast Telegraph

Just champion! McCoy rides into record books to become most successful jockey ever

By Michelle Smyth

Star jockey AP McCoy has pipped his former boss to the post by lifting his 4,192nd career win at the weekend, breaking the record for the most wins in horse racing history.

McCoy scooped victory on Saturday riding the Jonjo O'Neill-trained It's A Gimme in the Betfred Summer Plate at Market Rasen in Lincolnshire.

By doing so the 40-year-old surpassed the 4,191 wins gained by his friend and former trainer, Martin Pipe.

McCoy said there had been healthy competition and "banter" between the two men since he had his 4,000th win.

"The record was just a personal thing between us.

"He set the standard and revolutionised training.

"He is someone I held in high esteem and we had great times together in my time as his stable jockey. I will be putting in a satisfying call tonight," he said.

The Moneyglass jockey took the record by beating off stiff competition from Lost Legend and Mazuri Cowboy, who came in second and third respectively.

Taking McCoy's win and losing his record gracefully, Pipe described his friend as an "inspiration" to fellow jockeys and to "everyone in racing".

Pipe, who estimates McCoy has ridden 1,154 winners for him, added: "Now he has finally beaten me and all of us in racing are so proud of him for doing it.

"He's marvellous for our sport and it's just great we've got someone like him."

O'Neill said: "When I was riding you would never have dreamt someone could have done what AP has done.

"We won't see anything like him again – certainly no jump jockey."

McCoy was presented with a 20kg Lincolnshire Poacher cheese as a reward for his victory.

It wasn't long before win number 4,193 was also in the bag after he rode Parlour Games to victory in the B Eyre and son Ltd Ford Novices' Hurdle.

McCoy, who was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, has fought for a catalogue of successes in his career.

The 19-time champion jockey had his first win aged just 17 in 1992 riding Legal Steps to victory at Thurles racecourse.

He has been a champion rider every year of his professional career and has won just about every major competition going including the 2010 Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He's recovered to come back and triumph after numerous serious injuries and the constant battle with his weight.

McCoy has not escaped lightly, having broken almost every bone in his body.

The lengthy fracture list includes a broken leg, arm, ankle, both wrists, shoulder blades, collar bones, cheekbones and all of his ribs.

He has also broken several vertebrae in his back, suffered punctured lungs and had to have all his teeth replaced because of racing injuries.

McCoy was awarded an MBE and OBE for his services to horse racing.

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