Belfast Telegraph

McCoy a racing cert for Lifetime honour

By Adrian Rutherford

Legendary jockey Tony McCoy will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at this weekend's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The Moneyglass-born star was the Champion Jockey for every season of his 20-year professional career before retiring in April.

He rode more than 4,300 jump racing winners - including in the Grand National, two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the Champion Chase.

McCoy was crowned Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 after winning the Grand National at his 15th attempt - the first time a jockey has been presented with the award.

Three years later, after surpassing the milestone of 4,000 jump racing winners, McCoy claimed third place at the prestigious BBC awards ceremony.

On receiving his latest award, McCoy said: "To be receiving the Lifetime Achievement award is a big highlight of what has been an incredible year.

"It's a huge honour and I'm thrilled to be accepting it so close to home in Belfast. I'm looking forward to what will be a very special night."

McCoy will be presented with his award on Sunday.

The awards night will be hosted by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan before an audience of 7,500.

It will be the first time that the event has been hosted in Northern Ireland.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: "A previous Sports Personality of the Year winner and widely regarded as one of the greatest jockeys of all time, AP was the biggest superstar of racing until his retirement this year.

"It's an honour to celebrate his illustrious career here in Belfast, Northern Ireland, his home nation, with the Lifetime Achievement award."

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