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Jockey Tony McCoy with Don't Push It. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire
Jockey Tony McCoy with Don't Push It. Photo: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

AS CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy picked up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year at the weekend and hundreds of his fellow athletes gave him a standing ovation he said it was “the most surreal moment of my life.”

Market Rasen Mail racing correspondent Peter Thompson takes a look back at the jockey’s 2010, and gives his view on what makes the fans’ favourite so special.

THERE was a meeting not long ago when Tony McCoy’s mount fell at the last fence in a race at Market Rasen.

It proved a fatal fall for the horse, but McCoy, as any horseman would, stayed with his mount despite being injured himself.

Shortly afterwards he went in the ambulance down the course and then walked into the weighing room outside which a few of us were standing – and yes he was hobbling. Five minutes later he was walking back down for the next race – still hobbling!

All in a day’s work for this remarkable sportsman who has after all had more than 680 falls and incurred a number of bone breakages, which include a middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, ribs, an ankle, cheekbones, a wrist, and a leg.

The Market Rasen meeting was a low key Sunday event before a modest crowd, far from the packed stands of Aintree last April, scene of his Grand National triumph on Dont Push It.

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