RETIRING Sports Personality of the Year Tony McCoy’s autobiography will interest many who have witnessed his superlative displays around the country, including Market Rasen Racecourse.
Simply entitled ‘A P McCoy – My Autobiography’, AP, as he is known throughout racing, recalls the mid summer day in 2002 when he rode 5 winners on the card at Market Rasen – and typical of someone so driven, reflects on how travelling home he felt it should have been six.
2012 will bring the 10th Anniversary of that special day in AP’s career – not quite so special as his Grand National win in 2010 on Don’t Push It.
McCoy had six rides on a seven race card at Market Rasen in July 2002 at the big Summer Plate meeting and won the first five. These included a win on Chicuelo in the feature race the Summer Plate. He could not go through the card however, something he has not done before or since for he did not have a ride in the novices chase. But he could easily have made it six in the seventh and last race, when at the third to last fence, riding Passereau, he was brought down when the leader jumped across and impeded him. AP even remounted to finish second.
“Five winners and a second wasn’t a bad haul though,” he reflected in the book.
It remains his best day’s work in a remarkable career.
McCoy remains a regular rider at our local track – a rider who is unquestionably the greatest and most successful jump jockey of all time, riding more than 3000 winners since 1992 and collecting 16 consecutive jump jockey titles to date.