On Saturday a career that will never be surpassed comes to an end. Anthony Peter McCoy will retire from riding. His last rides are scheduled to be aboard Mr. Mole and Box Office at Sandown Park. Should he win on the first named, there has to be a chance he will not ride the latter. Which would be a shame.
For if anyone has been great box office for National Hunt racing, it is AP McCoy.
It was a pleasure to sit down with him for a 35 minute interview in December of 2011. All this week I have been editing short highlights of that interview.
In this, the final part of bitesize AP, he talks to me about a horse loved by many punters, including this one. I watched Wichita Lineman win and I watched him die. I so wish Wichita Lineman could have lived long enough to enjoy a well deserved retirement.
Here McCoy talks to me about winning aboard Wichita Lineman, and about that day in Ireland when the horse lost his life. What does it feel like to fall from a horse that is then put down? How does AP react when such a tragedy strikes?
He also talks about what has driven him to succeed and of his love of horses.