AP McCoy

I’ve hardly mentioned racing since the flat season ended; at the moment there’s little to no racing to mention anyway.

I can’t let today go though without saying I hope AP wins the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in an hour or so.

I don’t want to diss other sportspeople, but can you put a golfer or a darts player in the same division as this Iron Man who has ridden over a 3000 winners, raced the equivalent of one and quarter times around the world, taken nigh on a thousand falls, gets up when we are all still asleep and travels the length and the breadth of the country to ride horses. All on a diet of a celery stick, hard runs and sweating to keep about a stone and a half under his natural weight. An inventory of his broken bones would include: a middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, ribs, an ankle, cheekbones, a wrist, a leg and chipped teeth.

To me it’s not in the same ball-park of achievement.

He’s going to win, it’s Written in the Stars.

Posted on December 19, 2010, in Horse racing, Jump racing, Music, Sport, Television and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Agree he’s an iron man but he’s no personality. Do you think it will help racing if he wins?

  2. Well it’s not like he’s up against charisma-laden rivals.

    It won’t help racing, but I reckon he’s earned it!

  3. He has my vote; mainly, I must confess, because I had my first big win thanks to AP. It was at Newton Abbot, AP was leading the field when his horse dumped him just before the last jump – which allowed my paddock pick, a rank outsider (Happy Hussar, by name) ridden by an amateur jockey, to come home the winner. I think you were there…..

  4. Tsk to you both!

  5. I’m glad he’s won. He’s AMB’s banker if he’s ever riding in the last, and when she wins on the last race I’m a happy other half who gets treats bought for her. Go AP!

  6. Pleased too…. Treats?

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