Broken middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, both collarbones, ribs, ankle, cheekbones, wrist, ankle and leg plus a dislocated thumb and chipped teeth…A.P McCoy’s extraordinary career and injury list

Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy has enjoyed one of the most extraordinary careers in jump racing. Here’s a snapshot.

Father: Peadar McCoy, bred County Hurdle winner Thumbs Up.

Apprenticeship: Four years with Jim Bolger – rode work on horses such as Irish Derby winner St Jovite and Oaks winner Jet Ski Lady.

First winner: Legal Steps at Thurles on March 26, 1992.

Joined Toby Balding at start of 1994-5 season after riding 13 winners (six on the Flat) in Ireland.

Joins Martin Pipe in 1996 – an association which lasted eight years.

Appointed retained rider for millionaire owner, JP McManus, at the end of the 2003-04 campaign.

First winner in Britain: Chickabiddy at Exeter on September 7, 1994.

Champion conditional jockey: 1994-5 with 74 winners – at the time a record for the number of wins by a conditional jockey (he finished seventh in the full jockeys' championship).
Lost right to claim when won on Romany Creek at Nottingham on February 28, 1995.

Beat Sir Gordon Richards' all-time record total of 269 winners in a season on Valfonic at Warwick on April 2, 2002.

Became all-time winning-most jumps jockey, beating Richard Dunwoody's record of 1,699, when winning on Mighty Montefalco at Uttoxeter on August 27, 2002.

Champion jockey: 1995-6, 1996-7, 1997-8, 1998-9, 1999-2000, 2000-1, 2001-2, 2002-3, 2003-4, 2004-5, 2005-6, 2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14

Best season: 289 winners in 2001-2

1,000th winner: Majadou, Cheltenham, December 11, 1999.

1,500th winner: Celtic Native, Exeter, December, 2001.

1,700th winner (new record): Mighty Montefalco, Uttoxeter, August 27, 2002.

Awarded MBE in 2003.

2,000th winner: Magical Bailiwick, Wincanton, January 17, 2004.

3,000th winner over jumps in Britain and Ireland: Restless D'Artaix, Plumpton, February 9, 2009.

4,000th winner over jumps in Britain and Ireland: Mountain Tunes, Towcester, November 7, 2013.

4,192nd winner over jumps in Britain and Ireland: It's A Gimme, Market Rasen, July 19, 2014. This took him past his old ally Martin Pipe's career total of winners.

Champion Hurdle winners: Make A Stand 1997, Brave Inca 2006, Binocular 2010.

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner: Mr Mulligan 1997, Synchronised 2012

Champion Chase winner: Edredon Bleu 2000.

King George VI Chase winner: Best Mate 2002.

Grand National winner: Don't Push It 2010.

Rode 150th winner at Cheltenham on Hills Of Aran January 1, 2008.

Awarded an OBE in June 2010.

Named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2010.

McCoy’s riding injuries have included: broken middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, both collarbones, ribs, ankle, cheekbones, wrist, ankle and leg plus a dislocated thumb and chipped teeth.

 

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