Horse racing jump jockey AP McCoy’s legendary status was cemented further at the weekend, when the Northern Irish-born rider was presented with three Guinness World Records titles.
The 39-year-old, who recently secured sporting immortality by winning his 4000th race, was presented with a trio of official certificates at Sandown Park racecourse in Surrey, UK yesterday for;
- Most winners in a season after riding 289 winners in 2002, breaking Sir Gordon Richards’ long standing record
- Most Champion Jump Jockey titles currently at 18
- Most career Jump winners, currently at 4022 [as of 04/12/2013].
Speaking after the presentation, McCoy said: “It’s great to receive a Guinness World Record, but to receive three is fantastic. I couldn’t have imagined achieving a World Record when I started racing 24 years ago, there were many of great jockey before me and no doubt there will be many more to come, but there are plenty more races for me to win yet. People keep reminding me, that next record to beat is that of Martin Pipe who trained 4,182 winner.”
McCoy's milestone of 4,000 jump racing winners reached in November this year (watch video below), is an unprecedented achievement for the sport, and one that is unlikely to be bettered in his lifetime.
To put his dominance of jump racing into context, tennis star Roger Federer was number one in his sport for 237 consecutive weeks, while McCoy has been top in his for 937 and counting.
His achievements have also come at a considerable physical cost, having fallen an estimated 1,000 times from horses weighing half a tonne, travelling at speeds of up to 30mph.
During those falls, McCoy has broken both collarbones, shoulder blades, along with his lower and middle vertebrae, ribs, cheekbones, a leg, ankle, arm and wrist. He has also punctured his lungs, chipped teeth and even dislocated his thumb.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “Tony McCoy is an athlete that has transcended his sport to become a household name, known even by those who don’t follow horse racing. His unrivalled excellence in the saddle has earned the respect from athletes and fans across the spectrum of the sporting world, and his world record status confirms that he is one of the most successful sports stars of all time. Congratulations, Tony!”