Champion jockey AP McCoy has announced that he will retire after his final race at forthcoming Cheltenham Festival next month. In his long illustrious career, McCoy has won 19 championships among which the most memorable are two Gold Cups, one Queen Mother Champion Chase and three Champion Hurdles. He is keen to make his final championship run memorable by winning another Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. AP McCoy who is also fondly called as Tony McCoy by his close friends attributes all his special wins to his favourite horse Synchronized. For the forthcoming Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, McCoy is likely to ride on Carlingford Lough, which won Irish Hennessy.
The Northern Irish jockey’s career started at an early age of 17 years when he won his first race in 1992 at Ireland. He started his early career as an apprentice for retired trainer Toby Balding and won the first Champion Jockey title of his career in 1995-96 and since then has broken record of several jockeys by gathering 19 titles in all. In England, McCoy won his first race at Exeter in 1994 on Chickabiddy which had been trained by Gordon Edwards. Champion jockey McCoy also attributes his success to his trainers Martin Pipe and Paul Nicholls with whom he had a strong partnership that enabled him to stay fit and win 4000 times.
Preparing for the final racex
When McCoy announced his retirement early this month he also expressed his desire to try and win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham for the last time and sign off with a flourish. He is considering several horses for the race and is preparing himself by taking part in Stan James Champion Hurdle. Besides Carlingford Lough, McCoy is studying the progress of Sire De Grugy, Sprinter Sacre and Dodging Bullets along with Jezki. Discussions are also on for JP McManus stable’s horse Mr. Mole as a potential ride for McCoy at Cheltenham.