A P McCoy
Northern Irish jockey A P McCoy is one of the finest riders ever to take to the saddle. Named Anthony Peter – but known universally as A P – he was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and rode his first winner at Thurles in Ireland in March 1992, aged 17.
His success soon led to him riding in England, where he had his first winner at Exeter in September 1994. The following season he became champion jockey for the first time, the first of a succession of honours. By the end of the decade he had equalled the record of five winners at the Cheltenham Festival and had become the fastest jockey to reach 1,000 winners.
McCoy, who had won almost every major race in his career was short of one significant achievement until 2010, that of being the winning jockey of the Grand National, the race regarded around the world as the blue riband of horse racing over fences. He achieved his goal and at the 15th attempt won the Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool, on Don’t Push It.