Tony McCoy

Born in Scotland, Tony McCoy won the Scottish Grand National in 1997, riding Paul Nicholls-trained Belmont King.

In 2007, Tony McCoy won the Irish Grand National riding Butler’s Cabin. In the same year, he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Mr Mulligan. Recognised as one of the top National Hunt jockeys in jump racing, any horse he jockeys at the 2008 Coral Scottish Grand National is likely to be a betting favourite.

Tony McCoy is an unusual jockey in that he’s taller and, at about 10 stone 3 pounds, heavier than most. This hasn’t prevented him from winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle (twice, on Make a Stand in 1997 and on Brave Inca in 2006), the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and the King George VI Chase! In 1998, he matched the record with five winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

In the Grand National at Aintree, McCoy has achieved two third-place finishes – most recently in 2006, riding Jonjo O’Neill-trained Clan Royal.

Tony McCoy has been awarded the National Hunt Champion Jockey title a remarkable twelve times between 1995 and 2007. Other of his achievements includes winning the following Lester Awards:

  • Conditional Jockey of the Year (1995)
  • Jump Jockey of the Year, every year from 1996 to 2006
  • Jockey of the Year (1997)

In his best season, Tony McCoy set a British jump racing record, with a total of 289 winners over the 2001/2001 season. By 2006, McCoy has jockeyed an amazing total of over 2,500 winners.