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Tony McCoy eyes more glory in Champion Jockey stakes

Tony McCoy and Don't Push It
McCoy with Don't Push It at Jonjo O'Neill's yard on Sunday

Tony McCoy has immediately targeted another champion jockey title after finally ending his Grand National jinx.

McCoy will win his 15th straight crown when the season ends on 24 April, and has already set his sights on doing the same in the 2010-11 campaign.

"I want to be champion jockey again and I want Binocular to win the Champion Hurdle (at Cheltenham) again," he said.

The 35-year-old was straight back in the winning habit on Sunday, riding Aberdale to victory at Southwell.

Despite having celebrated his Aintree victory until the early hours of Sunday morning, McCoy - who is teetotal - steered the 8-11 favourite to victory by 15 lengths in the Ashfield Chad Maiden Hurdle after arriving at the course by helicopter.

"I didn't get home until 5am and have only had a couple of hours' sleep," said McCoy, who sits on top of this season's champion jockey table with 193 wins, well clear of second-placed Richard Johnson.

"I had a few Red Bulls to keep me awake, but this is a surreal feeling. If I liked the taste of champagne I might have had some, but I don't even like the taste."

Among McCoy's many well-wishers was three-time champion Flat jockey Frankie Dettori, who also conquered his own big-race hoodoo at the 15th attempt.

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Just like McCoy, the Italian-born rider had failed to win the most famous race in his sphere - the Derby at Epsom - in 14 attempts before an emotional triumph on Authorised in 2007.

Dettori called McCoy to offer his congratulations, and the Northern Irishman received a hero's welcome from more than 4,000 fans at Southwell - double the attendance the course had been expecting prior to McCoy's famous win at Aintree.

McCoy, meanwhile, confirmed that he is not contemplating retirement.

"I didn't get to see many of the boys after the race, but (fellow jockeys) Tom Scudamore and Paddy Brennan kept asking me when I am going to retire," added McCoy.

"I do hope that one day I wake up and say 'that this isn't for me' before I make a fool out of myself.

"I love what I do and hope for my own mental state that I do wake up like that one day, but I fear something will drag me down."

Tony McCoy on Don't Push It

Don't Push It wins the Grand National

McCoy had feared he was destined to join the likes of John Francome and Peter Scudamore as top jockeys who never won the most famous race in the world.

"For the last 14 years I have left Aintree thinking I will never win the National," he said.

"Every year I have then gone back and started to convince myself that it is possible.

"After jumping five or six fences I thought it could happen and the more we went on the more confident I became.

"Don't Push It has always had a bit of class and I knew that if he took to it then he could win.

"The way he jumped the first few fences I knew we had a chance of winning. Each time I pulled him out and showed him daylight he kept picking up and he gave me the impression he would stay."

McCoy has been in touch twice with close friend Ruby Walsh, who broke his arm in a fall which ruled him out of the National.



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