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Hail McCoy

Tony McCoy could stand for election now and probably be voted Prime Minister.

The nation’s favourite jockey, from our own Moneyglass, Co Antrim, finally swept to a Grand National victory yesterday on a tide of goodwill, such as Gordon Brown and David Cameron can only dream of.

In doing so, he filled the pockets of a million punters who believed it was his destiny.

McCoy’s brilliant win on 10/1 joint favourite Don’t Push It confirmed his status as the greatest jockey of all time and supreme sportsman of our age.

But with over 3,000 winners past the post, victory in the most demanding race of all had eluded him until yesterday’s 15th attempt. No wonder he was reduced to tears later.

“I'm being a big wuss,” he sobbed. “But it means everything to me to win the Grand National.”

The nation concurred as McCoy dedicated his win to his family, and to the memory of late Co Antrim trainer Billy Rock, who launched his career.

For the full story, plus pictures and reaction, see this week's Sunday Life.

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