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AP McCoy - The Final Cheltenham

20 years ago a young County Antrim jockey called Tony McCoy had his first ride at the Cheltenham Fes...
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AP McCoy - The Final Cheltenham

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10:27 PM - 8 Mar 2015



20 years ago a young County Antrim jockey called Tony McCoy had his first ride at the Cheltenham Festival. And it is apt that the no hoper he rode was called 'Supreme Master', because that is what AP has become in the world of National Hunt racing. 

Spare a thought for this great man when he hangs up his silks at the end of the season, because AP has come to embody everything good about a sportsman; with an iron will to win; humility; dedication and talent. 

AP has ridden 30 Cheltenham Festival winners, including the Gold Cup twice, on Mr Mulligan in 1997 and Synchronized in 2012, the Champion Hurdle three times, aboard Make A Stand in 1997, Brave Inca in 2006 and Binocular in 2010, and the Champion Chase with Edredon Bleu back in 2000.

Now aged 40, and with over 4000 winners, McCoy will leave the sport with 20 jockeys championships and a sporting legacy for the ages. 

Check out what I believe to be his greatest Cheltenham ride, aboard Wichita Lineman on the first day of the 2009 Festival (in the green and gold silks and white cap):



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