4,000 WINS.. ONE MCCOY; AP JOY ON LANDMARK DAY Jockey Rides into the History Books as He Seals His 4,000th Jump Victory
Byline: JILLY BEATTIE
HE did it! Tony McCoy rode his 4,000th jump winner yesterday with typical grit and grace right to the end.
At 3.17pm the 39-year-old thundered home on Mountain Tunes and his delight was plain to see.
And despite the incredible record breaking moment, there was no hint of retirement with McCoy confirming he will continue in the saddle.
He said: "I've ridden 4,000 winners.
I'll try to ride a few more. I'm really proud of what I've achieved and being able to last, one way or another. I'm lucky and proud to have done it."
His father and brother Peadar and Colm, wife Chanelle and children Eve and Archie were in the crowd cheering him on.
Co Antrim man McCoy said: "It was just amazing, it couldn't have worked out any better."
The jockey was sprayed with Champagne moments after the recordbreaking end of the Weatherbys Novices' Hurdle at Towcester.
And back home his mother Claire sat in stunned silence as his sisters and family friends danced in delight.
Claire had spent much of the race slumped over her tumble drier praying for the race to be over.
And hearing little noise from the sitting room of her Moneyglass home during it, she slipped back inside only to see her eldest son romp home.
It was the first time Claire had watched a race in the company of others because normally she is too nervous to share the moment.
She said: "I'm just glad it's over. My nerves couldn't take any more. Anthony has done us proud and from the smile on his face he was feeling very happy himself."
McCoy's historic record of 4,000 wins is unlikely ever to be matched.
No other jump jockey has ridden more than 3,000 winners and the next most successful jockey over jumps trails McCoy by almost 1,500 winners.
McCoy passed 7-1 shot Kris Spin to win at the last on the Jonjo O'Neilltrained horse.
And he dedicated his victory to the father of his agent Dave Roberts, who passed away on Wednesday.
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