Most racing fans consider the National hunt season to get underway in earnest in the Autumn but that is certainly not the case for one man in particular. That man is AP McCoy and he has been working away all summer to rack up the winners as he goes in search for his 4000th winner in the plates. The 18 time Champion Jockey is once again racking up the winners on an almost daily basis which means that the 4000 mark is now fast approaching.
As of today (Friday 27th September 2013) McCoy is just 34 winners short of the magical mark and provided he remains injury free, he will surely add that amazing feat to his CV in the near future. He is clearly set on reaching that goal and McCoy has proven that when he has his heart set on something, he usually achieves it. He has won just about every big race there is to win in the sport but reaching 4000 winners might just go down as his greatest achievment to date.
McCoy picked up his first ever winner at the age of 17 when he won onboard Legal Steps at Thurles in 1992 and he has hardly looked back since. He won his first race in England two years later at Exeter during a season which saw him pick up the coveted Conditional Jockey of the Year title. His first Championship came in 1996 and quite remarkably he has managed to hold onto that title every single year since. Injuries are part of the life of a jump jockey and McCoy has certainly had his fair share but every time he has been down he seems to get up just as quick.
McCoy has picked up his fair share of big winners along the way as well with success at Cheltenham a regular occurrence over the past 15 years. Most punters will remember AP winning his two Gold Cups on Mr Mulligan (1997) and Synchronised (2012) to name just two of his Festival successes. He rode the legendary Best Mate to King George victory in 2002 while no one will forget him finally winning the Grand National onboard Don't Push It in 2010.
We will be following McCoy closely over the coming weeks as the racing world countdowns to that magical landmark of 4000 winners. Time has flown by since he rode number 3000 at Plumpton but already attention is turning to the next mark and we hope he gets there sooner rather than later.