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McCoy - Lineman my best ride

Tony McCoy's success in the Grand National may have catapulted him to hot favouritism to be named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - but the 15-times champion only ranks the ride as the second-best of his career.

McCoy has ridden in more than 13,000 races during his 21 years as a jockey, winning on more than 3,300 occasions, and he believes his effort on Wichita Lineman in the William Hill Trophy at the 2009 Cheltenham Festival was his greatest so far.

Riding the reluctant and poor-jumping gelding, McCoy simply would not take no for an answer and managed to cajole him enough to rally on the run-in and lead close to the line.

Considering the Ulsterman held such a burning desire to win the National after 14 previous disappointments it is not surprising to see Don't Push It making it into second on his list, but the rest are not as easy to predict.

His third favourite is his ride on the Martin Pipe-trained Pridwell in the 1998 Aintree Hurdle, where McCoy managed to get him to turn over the legendary triple Champion Hurdle winner Istabraq by a head.

Fourth on the list was a gallant ride aboard Edredon Bleu in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a rather greater prize than he claimed on number five, the Feast of St Raymond Novices' Chase at Southwell, where he remounted Family Business to land the spoils.

At number six is another example of converting victory from almost certain defeat when making up six lengths jumping the last on Hennessy in the 2009 Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

Another of the more recent efforts is McCoy's number seven, when his mount Drill Sergeant tried to pull himself up at Haydock and was overtaken by the 12 other runners before McCoy swung into overdrive to regain the lead.

Next up is McCoy's bewitching front-running ride on Deano's Beeno to defeat the hot favourite Baracouda in the 2002 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

The final two of his top 10 are the narrow victory on Champleve in the 1998 Arkle, and galvanising Brave Inca home in the 2005 Punchestown Champion Hurdle.


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