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<br /><b>Tony McCoy</b><br />AP finally achieved his holy grail of Grand National success when Don't Push It won the Aintree spectacular on Saturday following the jockey's three third place finishes in 15 attempts. Champion jockey for 14 successive years, McCoy had won just about every other honour in jump racing, the highlight a Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle double at the 1997 Cheltenham Festival on Mr Mulligan and Make A Stand respectively. McCoy has also enjoyed Champion Hurdle success last month on Binocular, following up his win on Brave Inca in the race in 2006. He won the Cheltenham Festival's other big race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, on Edredon Bleu in 2000. McCoy rode his 3000th winner in February last year -- at the time no other jump jockey had
passed the 2000 mark.

<br /><b>Tony McCoy</b><br />AP finally achieved his holy grail of Grand National success when Don't Push It won the Aintree spectacular on Saturday following the jockey's three third place finishes in 15 attempts. Champion jockey for 14 successive years, McCoy had won just about every other honour in jump racing, the highlight a Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle double at the 1997 Cheltenham Festival on Mr Mulligan and Make A Stand respectively. McCoy has also enjoyed Champion Hurdle success last month on Binocular, following up his win on Brave Inca in the race in 2006. He won the Cheltenham Festival's other big race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, on Edredon Bleu in 2000. McCoy rode his 3000th winner in February last year -- at the time no other jump jockey had passed the 2000 mark.

Tony McCoy is kissed by his wife Chanelle as he celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Smith's Grand National on Don't Push It at Aintree

Tony McCoy is kissed by his wife Chanelle as he celebrates with the trophy after winning the John Smith's Grand National on Don't Push It at Aintree

Jockey Tony McCoy on Don?t Push It romped to his first victory in the Grant National

Jockey Tony McCoy on Don?t Push It romped to his first victory in the Grant National

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<br /><b>Tony McCoy</b><br />AP finally achieved his holy grail of Grand National success when Don't Push It won the Aintree spectacular on Saturday following the jockey's three third place finishes in 15 attempts. Champion jockey for 14 successive years, McCoy had won just about every other honour in jump racing, the highlight a Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle double at the 1997 Cheltenham Festival on Mr Mulligan and Make A Stand respectively. McCoy has also enjoyed Champion Hurdle success last month on Binocular, following up his win on Brave Inca in the race in 2006. He won the Cheltenham Festival's other big race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, on Edredon Bleu in 2000. McCoy rode his 3000th winner in February last year -- at the time no other jump jockey had passed the 2000 mark.

Ruth Gorman has 21 questions for Tony McCoy, Ulster’s racing great who last month rode his first Grand National winner

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If you were to bring out an autobiography what would you call it?

A. ‘Smiler' because people say I don't smile often.

Who would you want to play you in a film of your life?

A. Matt Damon.

If you could pay to go to any sporting event past or present what would it be?

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A. The last game of Arsenal's unbeaten season in 2004/05.

If you won the lottery what would you buy?

A. A helicopter.

If you owned a race horse what would you call it?

A. Don't Push It.

If you could be another sports person for the day who would it be?

A. Tiger Woods.

What was the last book you read?

A. Can I Give Him My Eyes by Richard Moore.

Who's your favourite cartoon character?

A. Scooby Doo.

If you had to star in a reality TV show which one would it be and why?

A. X Factor because I can't sing.

What do you like to watch on TV?

A. Sport.

Who's your favourite comedian?

A. Peter Kay.

If it was your last night on earth how would you spend it?

A. With my wife and daughter.

What's your favourite cereal?

A. Crunchy Nut Cornflakes.

What's your favourite album?

A. Anything by Snow Patrol.

Angelina Jolie or Cheryl Cole?

A. Angelina.

What's your favourite film?

A. The Bourne films.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years time?

A. Still alive.

When you go into the sweet shop what chocolate bar do you buy?

A. Kit Kat.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. Never start an argument unless you're right . . . a fella told me that who was always right.

If you were in a band which one would it be?

A. Snow Patrol.

What's the nicest thing that's ever been said about you?

A. Can't remember.


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