Sir AP McCoy, OBE
Number of winners
Champion jump jockey a record
Broken bones more than
Won the Grand National in
at his 15th attempt
Most wins in a season
A British horse racing record
Total number of rides
Sir AP McCoy is the world’s greatest jump jockey, having been crowned Champion Jockey for 20 consecutive years. AP recorded 4,357 career wins, including the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cups, The Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the King George VI Chase.
AP started his career as an apprentice at Jim Bolger’s stables and recorded his first winner in 1992 at the age of 17 on Legal Steps in a flat race.
Switching codes to become a jump jockey due to his height, he became the fastest jockey to reach the 100 winner mark in a season in 2001 and went on to beat the long standing record of Gordon Richards for the total number of winners ridden in a season, which had stood since 1947.
Largely recognised for riding in the green and gold silks of JP McManus, AP won the Grand National at his fifteenth attempt in April 2010 on Don’t Push It, trained by Jonjo O’Neil and owned by JP McManus.
On his 200th win of the 2014/2015 season AP announced his retirement live on television and his last ride was in April 2015.
During his prestigious career, AP overcame breaking bones more than 700 times from broken middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, both collarbones, ribs, ankle, cheekbones, wrist, ankle and leg plus a dislocated thumb and chipped teeth. Along with a strict diet and fitness regime, AP’s determination and motivation to succeed was unwavering.
Recognising AP’s dedication and contribution to the world of sport, he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, the first jockey to win the award, named RTE Sports Person of the Year in December 2013, received the BBC Lifetime Achievement award and honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Sport at the BT Sport Industry Awards, both in 2015 . In January 2016 he was knighted for his services to horse racing.
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Sir AP McCoy on the Psychology of Success
Sir AP McCoy is one of Great Britain’s most successful sportsmen. But what tools did he need to get to the very top? The legendary jockey discusses the mentality of a winner, and explains how he adjusted his mindset to make sure that he could to truly thrive.