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Bronze statue of AP McCoy set to be unveiled at Cheltenham

By Allison Bray

Legendary jockey Sir AP McCoy is to be immortalised at his spiritual home of Cheltenham next month.

The 42-year-old will be in attendance when a life-size bronze version of himself is unveiled on the opening day of the racing festival on March 14.

"I thought most people got a statue when they were dead. I guess it will give the birds somewhere to sit," said the retired jockey from Moneyglass, Co Antrim.

Regarded as the most successful jockey of all time after riding over 4,300 winning racehorses since he began his career in 1992, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth last summer for his contribution to horse racing. The bronze statue by Dublin-based sculptor Paul Ferriter will sit at the Best Mate Plaza at the north entrance to the racecourse.

It was at Cheltenham where he racked up 31 wins at the festival, including two Cheltenham Gold Cups and three Champion hurdles.

AP or 'Tony' as he calls himself, joked that he was initially worried that the bronze likeness might capture the weight he has put on since he retired from professional jockeying in 2015.

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