Nifty Fifty for McCoy
The champ A.P McCoy reached the fastest half century of his career on Tuesday evening with a double aboard Mission Complete and Bob Keown at Worcester.
In another landmark achievement in the magnificent career of McCoy, the record was brought up with two typically tough performances from the Northern Ireland man, kidding and cajoling his mounts on the run in and practically lifting them over the line to victory.
Last season McCoy hit the magic 4000 winners mark but there is one more landmark that the champ would like to hit before he retires and that is 300 winners in a season, a target he is now well underway of reaching with this quick half century. His previous seasonal best was the 289 he rode in 2001-2.
McCoy said: “I am genuinely both disappointed and over the moon that I have managed to ride so many winners in such a short space of time.
“Disappointed because I did not think anyone – not even myself – could ride 50 winners as I did back in 2003 and over the moon that I have actually done it.”
“The only reason it has happened is because I have been lucky and others definitely not so. I feel very sorry for Jason Maguire who has been on the sidelines since the Monday before the Cheltenham Festival with a horrible injury.
“Of my 50 winners probably around 18 have been for Donald McCain and Jason would have been on most of those if he was fit and well. Jonjo O’Neill’s horses have been in great form and John Ferguson has given me a few winners I would not normally have – so all that has helped my cause.
“All I have got to do now is keep myself in one piece and who knows what the remainder of the season holds.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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