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AP McCoy back in the saddle charity and of course he wins

By Nevin Farrell

It hasn't even been three months since he retired, but champion jockey AP McCoy is already back in the saddle.

And last night his father Peadar told the Belfast Telegraph how wild horses couldn't keep McCoy away from a new kind of equestrian sport - eventing.

The record-breaking jockey competed in the JCB Champions Challenge at the St James's Place Wealth Management Barbury International Horse Trials on Saturday - and won.

"I didn't even know! That is how much he tells us," joked Peadar. "Barbury is not that far from him. I would not be big into the eventing. He is to do another one, he's coming back to ride for Jack Berry, an ex-trainer, for a new centre up in Yorkshire. He said he wasn't asked, he was told! He still goes up to Jonjo's (O'Neill - the former jockey and racehorse trainer) to ride out for a few days. After the time he stopped it is hard to cut it out altogether."

Peadar added there would be a party for his famous son in Limerick in August and then he is coming home to his sister's bar in Moneyglass later that month.

At Barbury, McCoy was joined by Sam Twiston-Davies, long-time former rival Richard Johnson and Wayne Hutchinson. Set up in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF), McCoy was returning to the saddle for the first time in public since his retirement.

McCoy said: "Thank you to the eventers and hunts for taking part as its in aid of the IJF. It felt great to be back in the saddle and today was something a bit different, and at least we won!"

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