The first jockey to be Sports Personality of the Year, Tony rode to glory in the Grand National, Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle. He has over 4,300 wins under his belt. Now a Director of the PJA, Tony talks about the biggest moments – and the chilling fact that he’s broken hundreds of bones along the way. In conference he talks about his will to win and how he’s overcome injuries and setbacks even more determined.
Tony McCoy is the most successful jockey of all time - by some distance. He has been British jump racing Champion Jockey every year for almost two decades, has won over 2,000 more races than any other jockey, and has won most major races in the calendar including the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National.
Starting his racing career as a teenager in Ireland, AP won his first race aged 17 and within two years was in England racing. In his first season in England he won 74 races. In the following season he won his first champions’ title. From winning that first title in 1995/6, AP has gone on to retain the title every year since. An unprecedented run of success in almost any sporting arena.
Further records have been smashed with a record number of wins in a season, the fastest to reach 1,000 wins, and most wins in a career at 4,000 (easily surpassing the other hunt racing greats Peter Scudamore and Richard Dunwoody). Tony also equalled the record of five wins at a single race meeting. The goal of many jump jockeys, a Grand National win, alluded AP on fourteen occasions until he finally won at the fifteenth attempt on Don't Push It.
One of the most successful British sportspeople of all time, AP has become a famous and popular figure winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the first jockey to win the award. Having fallen over 650 times and broken bones throughout his body (750 breaks at the last count), Tony’s commitment to winning has won admirers in racing and beyond. Alongside his personal story and his never-say-die attitude, Tony recounts playing golf with Tiger Woods, training with Arsenal, and whether all those broken bones really do make him the ‘toughest man in sport’.
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