Catch top jockey AP McCoy at Fakenham before he retires

Don't Push It and Tony McCoy winning The John Smith's Grand National from Black Apalachi 'Pic Dan Abraham - 'Aintree10.4.10''RACINGFOTOS.COM
Don't Push It and Tony McCoy winning The John Smith's Grand National from Black Apalachi 'Pic Dan Abraham - 'Aintree10.4.10''RACINGFOTOS.COM
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Tomorrow (Friday, February 13) could be your last chance to catch one of the World’s greatest sportsmen, AP McCoy at Fakenham racecourse.

The 19-time Champion Jump Jockey makes a trip to the East Anglian track following his sensational announcement to retire at the end of the season.

In the last five seasons McCoy has notched up a 29 per cent strike-rate at the course and is set to partner four horses at the track tomorrow.

Clerk of the Course, David Hunter said, “AP has always been a great supporter of Fakenham racecourse and we are delighted to welcome him back tomorrow. He is an outstanding ambassador for our sport and is both massively liked and respected.

“We’re thrilled that all of us here will be able to enjoy watching him ride at the course before he takes his very well earned retirement at the end of the season.”

McCoy announced his retirement from a sport he has dominated for two decades live on Channel 4 Racing on Saturday having ridden his 200th winner for the season on Mr Mole in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury.

It was the ninth time that he had ridden a double century in a season during his remarkable career which has seen him crowned Champion Jump Jockey a record 19 consecutive times.

McCoy said: “This is without a doubt, the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I’ve been dreading this day, and if I’m honest, I still can’t quite imagine a life without racing. However, I know it’s the right time to end a career I’ve loved, every single day.

“Even when I’ve fallen and been injured, I’ve been desperate to get back and achieve my goals, achieve the dream I realised when I was a boy but I’m now ready to retire.

“I want to go out at top, I want to go out as champion jockey and it will be my 20th year if I can win the jockeys’ championship. I want to go out while I still enjoy riding and am still relatively at the top.”

There are just two and a half months of AP McCoy’s astonishing racing career left before he hangs up his boots for good at Sandown Park on April 25 and this is an amazing opportunity for fans to witness a sporting legend in action.

You can book tickets to Fakenham racecourse on Friday for as little as £10 here: or buy on the gate.

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