Laureus’ AP McCoy, one of the greatest jockeys of all time, is set to retire
February 16, 2015
Laureus Ambassador and Britain’s most successful National Hunt jockey, AP McCoy has announced he is to retire this year.
Following his 200th win of the season on Mr Mole at Newbury, McCoy said he has decided to “go out at the top” and will end his career after trying to win his 20th successive championship. The Northern Ireland-born jockey intends to retire at the end of the 2014-15 season, just over a year after his 4000thwinner. Last weekend’s win on Mr Mole was his 4322nd win, now almost 2000 ahead of his nearest rival.
McCoy rode his first steeplechase winner in 1992, when he was 17. Since then he has not only won every big race on the jumping calendar, from the Cheltenham Gold Cup to the 2010 Grand National, but has also become one of Britain’s most popular sporting heroes.
On becoming a Laureus Ambassador back in 2010, he said: “There is nothing more important for a successful sportsman than to be able to give something back to society and to people who are less fortunate. I have no plans at the moment to stop racing so I still lead a busy schedule, but I will be doing all I can to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation."
AP McCoy and all the other Laureus Ambassadors are a select group of current and former sportsmen and women around the world who have achieved sporting greatness or made significant contributions to the sporting community during their careers. They are recognised as role models and icons of success and have volunteered their services to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation all over the world.