Never before has there been a jump jockey as remarkable as the great Tony McCoy.
The Northern Ireland-born 18-times British champion has carried all before him for two decades in this most physical and dangerous of sports, travelling the length and breadth of the country, riding not-so-good, good, and great horses along the way to more than 4,000 winners, an achievement that ranks amongst the best in history across the international sporting spectrum.
Averaging over £2 million in prize money each year, recovering from over 1,000 falls that have seen him break the majority of the bones in his body during his career in the saddle, and giving the same never-say-die 100% effort on every ride – be it in a Plumpton selling hurdle or the Aintree Grand National – McCoy is genuinely a legendary figure, a fact recognised in 2010 when he became the first jockey in history to be named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The Grand National Guide has charted his career in the infographic below:
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