A legend both on and off the course, Tony McCoy was in Belfast on Sunday to launch his new autobiography, aptly titled “A P McCoy – My Autobiography.” The latest book published by Orion Books is a much more in depth view of McCoy and his career following a 2002 autobiography and the earlier “The Real McCoy – My Life So Far”.
The turnout didn’t disappoint as fans queued to greet the sixteen times Champion Jump Jockey, all eager to have the champ sign the book and get a few pics. Over the course of the launch he was interviewed on a huge range of topics but on the question of who should succeed him as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, he was pretty clear cut on who his own personal favourites are.
“Darren winning The Open at that stage of his career was a bit like me winning the Grand National when I did — and I wouldn’t have won BBC Sports Personality without winning the National,” said McCoy, explaining why he thinks Clarke might just have the edge in next month’s public vote.
“But Darren and Rory (McIlroy) will have tough opposition for the award from the likes of Mark Cavendish, a hugely inspirational sportsman.
“But it would be nice to see Darren or Rory winning it.
“I felt very proud and honoured to win it — which, of course, was down to people voting for me.
And McCoy, who has been champion jockey for the past 16 years, doesn’t sit on the fence when asked about the day that saw him transcend racing.
“It was the greatest day in my racing life,” recalled McCoy, who made his long-awaited breakthrough in the big race for the first time last year on Don’t Push It.
“The Grand National is the one race that everyone knows about, even those with no interest in racing.
“There have been lots of jockeys better than me who have never won it so I feel very lucky.
“Don’t Push It has always been a very good horse but he is very hot headed and is a bit of a recluse.
“He has a state-of-the-art complex open to him but he chooses to live out in a field with just a sheep for company,” smiled McCoy.