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Tony McCoy wants 20 champion jockeys' titles

Updated: Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 12:41 | Comments

Tony McCoy wants to retire as champions jockey
Tony McCoy wants to retire as champions jockey

Tony McCoy has ruled out any notion of retirement when he reaches 4,000 career wins over jumps.

The 18-times champion jockey is within touching distance of achieving the extraordinary milestone, and scored a double at Ffos Las yesterday, but plans to remain in the saddle for some time yet.

McCoy told the Daily Mail: "I want to be able to retire at the top and if I am going to do that, it will mean retiring when I am champion jockey. That won't be easy.

"But it won't be when I ride 4,000 winners - that's for sure.

"If I could get to 20 champion jockeys' (titles) and ride another 200 winners, I could beat Martin Pipe's record (4,182 winners as a trainer)."

When asked in an interview with Peter Scudamore whether he would ever consider training, McCoy said: "Definitely not jumpers.

"If John Magnier or Sheikh Fahad Al Thani said they wanted me to train 100 two-year-olds on the Flat, I might think about it.

"But, other than those two, probably not."

McCoy felt the team responsible for fellow jockey Jason Maguire had taken a "cheap shot" earlier in the year when he was sidelined with broken ribs.

Maguire's connections had pledged to fight the perennial champion for the 2013-14 title, but McCoy said: "In fairness, Jason rang me and said he was sorry and embarrassed.

"He said he hadn't said it, it was his then agent. But sure it gives you motivation.

"I did feel it was a cheap shot while I was injured with broken ribs, but I came back after three and a half weeks when I really shouldn't have been anywhere near a horse for another three and a half weeks.

"The first horse I rode won at Ludlow and I was in bits. I should have been at home, but I was so obsessed, I did not care how my body felt."

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