Congratulations to jockey A.P. (Tony) McCoy who this afternoon reached a milestone of 4,000 wins on Mountain Tunes in the 3.10 race at Towcester.
McCoy has made no secret of his ambition throughout his career. In this 1997 interview from RTÉ Archives the young jockey talks about his ambition to win as many races as possible. He has certainly achieved that.
In this report for the ‘The Grip’, A.P. McCoy talks to presenter Ryle Nugent about how he became a jockey, the dangers of the sport, and his ambition to win all the big races. This episode of 'The Grip' was broadcast on 27 March, 1997.
McCoy's first win in Ireland was at Thurles in March 1992 riding 'Legal Steps'. He began riding in England in 1994 and had his first win at Exeter in September of that year riding ‘Chickabiddy’. McCoy has gone on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the King George VI Chase and the 2010 Grand National. In 2010 McCoy was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
A.P. McCoy now holds 4,000 winning titles.