As one of the most revered names in racing history, Sir Anthony Peter McCoy – AP, or Tony, to most – is a true legend of the sport. With over 4,300 winners – a record – and Champion Jockey twenty times in a row, McCoy is one of the most legendary competitors to ever hop onto the saddle. Having rode his first winner at 17, he went from there to win his first Champion Jockey in the 95/96 season, culminating in continuous success and defence until his final year where he won it, in 2015.
With too many to list, the main thing to say about McCoy is that he’s just won about every big race that there is to win. From the Cheltenham Gold Cup to the Queen Mother Champion Chase, McCoy has been a serial trophy winner in one of the most stellar and important careers in the history of the sport.
He’s even won the coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, lifting it in 2010 and in the process becoming the first jockey to lift the award. In January 2016, McCoy was finally knighted to culminate a career that is all about success and impressive wins.
There’s literally too many outstanding races to pick from in one of the most collective showings of the hard work and the rewards that can come from being a jockey.
Achievements & Highlights
Wins – Grand National, Scottish Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle, King George VI Chase, Ryanair Chase, RSA Chase, Fighting Fifth Hurdle, Tingle Creek, Arkle Challenge Trophy, Welsh Grand National, Midlands Grand National, Irish Grand National, Lexus Chase, Galway Plate. Champion Jockey 95/96 – 14/15.
Associations – Mountain Tunes, Kanpai, Magical Bailiwick, Celtic Native, Majadou.
Earnings – £15m+
Thirsk Racecourse was first opened in 1923 even though racing started much earlier. The left handed course had a finishing straight three furlongs long and a chute of 6 furlongs. The racecourse is situated in the town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire, England.
The racecourse has a rural feel to it which makes for the perfect plan for the weekend away from the bustling cities. One of the most loved features about the racecourse is the well-maintained paddock. The lush green that surrounds the course provides for a scenic view while enjoying some spectacular flat racing.
The main event in the racecourses calendar is the Hunt Cup, which has forever endeared previous winners such as Egg Sauce and Lady Bird to the hearts of race goers from around. The Hunt Cup is known to draw crowds from all across the country as people come to experience the sport of kings at its best and also enjoy some family fun with the kids.
The race calendar starts in April as horse racing fans warm up for the popular Irish Day held on 19 May. The action
continues in the summer with the Summer Cup Day and at the climax of events comes the Thirsk Ladies Day in September. As one of the most anticipated race days of the year, the Thirsk Ladies Day never disappoints. There is plenty of fanfare as the fans step out in style. On such a day, fans can enjoy, live music, exhilarating horseracing, good food and fun competitions as well. Family fun days are also part of the programme. Families can come and enjoy the carnival atmosphere complete with all the games to keep the kids entertained.
Aside from the racing calendar, Thirsk Racecourse is also a wonderful venue for events of all kinds from weddings, to
music concerts, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate functions. The facilities at Thirsk are right up there with the best countrywide and globally.