Following recent news that 19 times Champion Jockey Anthony Peter McCoy will be hanging his hat for the final time this season, and what may have been his last ride at the Sussex Course on Monday 23rd February, Plumpton Racecourse look back to remember possibly the best jump jockey ever known.
McCoy, or AP as he is universally known in the racing world, announced that he is to retire between now and the end of the national hunt season. He has ridden an impressive 145 winners at Plumpton and to date is the Sussex course’s winning most jockey, the previous record holder being Josh Gifford, with 68 wins.
AP’s career spans an impressive 23 years and in 2009 he rode his 3,000th winner at Plumpton Racecourse.
Michael Moloney, Plumpton Racecourse Chief Executive:
“McCoy is a jockey we will never forget and I feel privileged to have met him here at Plumpton Racecourse. To say he will be greatly missed from the sport is an understatement, but apparently a second career is not far away following his Friday night racing punditry on BBC Radio 5.
“Very few sportsmen have achieved the dominance he has in a 20 year career retaining the title of Champion Jockey since he became professional all those years ago.
“We would like to wish AP every success for the remainder of his career and hope we haven’t seen him for the last time just yet and may see him one more time at our Anglo-Irish Raceday on Monday 9th March.”