Monday, April 12, 2010

Champion Jockey


Champion National Hunt jockey for 15 years, A.P.MacCoy in the silks of J.P.MacManus at Fakenham.

Well I had to post this after MacCoy's win in the Grand National on Saturday riding 'Don't push it' to victory. Many have eulogized on the gritty determination and dedication of top National Hunt jockeys such as MacCoy, but here's the evidence. Whether at a prestigious meeting such as the Cheltenham Festival or at much humbler meetings such as Plumpton or Fakenham, the dedication and commitment to the sport make men such as A.P. MacCoy of legendary status, rider of over 3000 winners, he's been leading jockey for 15 years now! What other sport can be so physically grueling, yet also accommodating to length of years for a sportsman as British Horse Racing ?

Postscript 
June:  McCoy was appointed (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours
December: Tony McCoy was voted BBC Sports Personality 2010 the first jockey ever to be voted BBC Sports Personality in the award's 54 year history.
March 2012 Tony MaCoy wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard Synchronized
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