He’s shy and he’s retiring.
Surely you’ve heard! The racing media is awash with little else.
Knowing Tony McCoy a little, I suspect he’s growing a little weary of all the attention surrounding his impending retirement.
This Saturday the greatest jump jockey of my lifetime will ride for the last time. Sandown Park will be packed. There will be cameras and autograph hunters aplenty. And both will be hoping AP wins on his final ride.
Personally, I think he’s going a year too soon and that he may already be thinking that himself. But the injuries take longer to recover from and his devoted wife and family don’t want to see him fall off horses any longer. They want him to spend more time with them and less time in the sauna losing a few pounds.
And he’ll be able to attend the FA Cup final at Wembley this year without worrying about a ride the next day. He’ll be supporting his beloved Arsenal.
He owes racing nothing. Indeed, the sport owes Anthony Peter McCoy a great debt.
I’ve been looking back at my on camera chat with the champ and editing two minute or so, bite size chunks of what he had to say during a 35 minute interview back at the end of 2011.
In part 1, here are his thoughts on what punters should have in mind when studying a race and trying to pick the winner.