THE BEST MOMENTS FROM BEING AP
Ahead of the UK premiere of ‘Being AP’, we take a look at some of the highlights from the documentary surrounding the final year of the 20-time Stobart Champion Jump Jockey – Sir AP McCoy
HIS FASTEST CENTURY
In Sir AP’s 20th and final season, he reached the milestones of 50 and 100 wins in record time, beating his own previous record. In true McCoy fashion, he makes light of the achievement, quipping: “I don’t know what I’ve been doing for the last 20 years!”
McCoy always set himself the highest goals, but there was only one which ever evaded his grasp: the pursuit of 300 winners in a single season.
However, with the target looking within reach, Sir AP suffered a shoulder injury which would stop him in his quest.
As always, he speaks candidly, admitting:“not being able to ride 300 winners, it makes me want to cry”.
They say that behind every great man is a great woman and McCoy certainly had that in his wife Chanelle.
In one scene, Chanelle says: “you know what honey, it’s not all about you”, to which Sir AP replies: “since when?!”
Later he reflects on the mentality he had during his career – “it sounds silly but no-one else mattered in the world.”
THE TOUGH DECISION TO RETIRE
Retiring was very difficult to stomach for McCoy. His dedication and obsession to his career is summarised in this quote: “I’m an addict to riding horses, I’m an addict to winning”.
HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR
McCoy has always had a wicked sense of humour and nowhere does he display it better than when talking to old adversary Luke Harvey.
As presenter of the Stobart Lesters awards, Harvey had the honour of presenting AP with yet another award.
When asked about his decision to retire, the Champ quips to his folically-challenged: “you’re only as good as your last win and in your case (Luke Harvey) you’re only as good as your last haircut”.
FINAL FESTIVAL WINNER
McCoy has a very real affinity with Cheltenham; he says that’s where you’ll be judged as a jockey and with 31 career wins at The Festival, he can certainly be classed as a legend of the Cotswold track. So much so, in fact, that plans are in place to erect a statue of McCoy on the opening day of this year’s Festival.
TEARS AT THE END
McCoy is not an emotional man. Throughout his career, his driven mentality has meant he has rarely shown sigsn of being vulnerable, but as he paraded back in front of the stands at Sandown following his final ever race, he could hold it in no longer.
The tears flowed, followed by the champagne as McCoy toasted a career for which he has always sat at the very top.
Being AP is on BBC2, Sunday February 19th at 10pm.