With A.P. (Tony) McCoy so close to riding his 4,000th winner, here is a 1997 interview from RTÉ Archives where the young jockey talks about his ambition to win as many races as possible.
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 currently holds 3,999 winning titles. The question remains as to when he will achieve the landmark figure of 4,000 wins.
McCoy holds the title as the only jump jockey to have won more than 3,000 races. The next closest is Richard Johnson.