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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 19:17 GMT
Tony McCoy
Champion jockey Tony McCoy
Date of birth: 4 May 1974
Place of birth: Co Antrim
2002-03 wins: 256
2001-2002 wins: 289
2000-2001 wins: 191
1999-2000 wins: 245

For a man whose first ride over obstacles came less than 10 years ago, McCoy's achievements have been nothing short of phenomenal.

The 2001-02 season was a particularly memorable one as among the records he beat was the number of winners in a season, the 269 set by Sir Gordon Richards in 1947.

And even more special for McCoy, he broke through Richard Dunwoody's milestone of 1,699 winners over jumps.

The eight-time champion jockey is eyeing a ninth title this season.

But he will face resistance from Richard Johnson, who stole a lead in the championship race when McCoy was out for two summer months with a broken arm.

McCoy's biggest win of last season came at Kempton in Boxing Day's King George VI Chase aboard Best Mate, a ride he took following regular jockey Jim Culloty's suspension.

But he suffered a frustrating Cheltenham Festival, riding just one winner Liberman in the Bumper, in contrast to some of his great triumphs at the home of jump racing.

McCoy secured the Champion Hurdle-Gold Cup double on Make A Stand and Mr Mulligan in 1997.

He won three races in total that year, and five at the following Festival, finishing as leading jockey on both occasions.

But there are still peaks that even McCoy has not yet conquered - most notably the Grand National.

His relatively large build gives him strength but also means he has to show extreme self-discipline to keep his weight down.

McCoy's single-mindedness in pursuit of winners borders on the obsessive, but out of the saddle he is incredibly modest and always has time for a good cause and his many fans.

Known popularly by his initials AP (Anthony Peter), McCoy is quite simply a superlative sportsman and a great ambassador for National Hunt racing.




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