Tony McCoy A Legend Retires From The Saddle

For the last 25 years Tony McCoy has announced his retirement from riding and will do so as a TWENTY TIME Champion Jockey!

We take him for granted but when he is gone in years to come we will appreciate that we were living in a special time. Legend is an over used word but without a shadow of a doubt AP McCoy is a legend, he is the greatest jump jockey we have ever seen. The stats tell you that!

Day in day out as a punter McCoy has lifted horses home and in if you are in a finish involving McCoy you know who is going to come out on top. Some of the rides he has given moderate horses beggars belief!

He is also the man for the big occasion, the one ride that sticks out for me above all others is the ride on WICHITA LINEMAN at Cheltenham, simple staggering! But there are so many run of the mill days that McCoy has done exactly the same thing on low grade horses. Day in day out McCoy did special things.

I have been punting full time for 10 years, seriously for 15 and about 25 years all in all. He has been the Champion for the last 20 years on the trot. My friend Simon said it will be strange when he has gone, and it will. When you look at what McCoy has achieved it is sensational reading. Richard Johnson has been second to him so many times in the Championship, so much so he is the second greatest jockey in terms of wins EVER! These have been golden times for the National Hunt racing.

There were plenty of people I know in shock yesterday and almost in mourning! I had to remind them that no one died, he just decided to stop riding, at the top and it must be looked at that this is a sad day for punters but for him and his family a joyous one. His family will see more of him and that must be great news for his daughter! I have never seen a man more devoted, so focused and many times he has traveled miles for just one ride. He is going out at the top, in one piece and whatever he does next he will be a success.

It has been a privilege as a punter and racing fan to be in the McCoy era. We will never see his achievements bettered, not in our lifetime anyway! Tony McCoy is simply the very best there has ever been and will be missed!

REACTION…
Wife and Agent…

Martin Pipe and Richard Johnson…

Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls….

AP McCoy Facts & Figures
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.

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.

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.

Jim Best, So What If He Did….Racing Post Got It Wrong

Carl_Harris (CAPS and BORDER) There is an article on the Racing Post Website about Jim Best who landed a gamble and for me the Racing Post have got this completely wrong. The article reads…

TRAINER Jim Best on Thursday insisted he had not engineered a betting coup and had a clear conscience in relation to Saint Helena’s victory at Southwell 24 hours earlier under champion jockey Tony McCoy.

Saint Helena, making her handicap debut over hurdles having failed to make the frame in seven previous starts since joining East Sussex-based Best, had been due to be partnered by Rhys Flint, who has not had a ride this season.

Into The Wind, McCoy’s intended mount, was vying for favouritism for the 2m handicap hurdle, with Saint Helena available at 6-1, before strong support during the morning resulted in Saint Helena being promoted to market leader. Into The Wind was withdrawn due to fast ground at 11.34am and McCoy switched to Saint Helena, who was sent off 11-10 favourite.

Saint Helena landed the gamble by a length under a typically robust McCoy drive, after which the improved performance of the winner was subject to an inquiry, with stewards forwarding Best’s explanation to the BHA, and stewards also asked about the circumstances surrounding Into The Wind’s withdrawal and the subsequent jockey change. Best’s responses were noted and the whole affair will be subject to a BHA investigation.

But Best told the Racing Post: “I have got a clear conscience. I never feel bad for going out and doing well with a horse and getting a winner, and I was over the moon to be honest.

“It was a bad race and on her best form Saint Helena was there with a chance and it was nice to win with her.”

Let’s not beat about the bush, it was clearly a set up job, to ensure McCoy was available to ride and having booked a jockey who has not had a a ride this season, there is no question it was planned. But SO WHAT?

What is wrong with what he did, there are no rules being broken and the only people moaning are the bookies. I have no issue whatsoever with what went on, in fact I say good on them. The bookies want everything their own way, and it was a job well done.

The quote attributed to Jim Best is hardly a strenuous denial, which if he had flatly denied it would have been a bit of an insult to the intelligence! The Post are trying to make an issue out of this, why, its great for the sport, they are going at it the wrong way. Then again they make fortunes in advertising revenue and selling the papers to the betting shops so they are hardly an independent racing press.

Good on Jim Best and connections, well done, it was a gamble landed at a great price! I had no interest in the race and I speak as I see it without being part of it one way or the other.

 

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