Tony McCoy: reached 100 winners 14 days earlier than his previous best
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
TONY McCOY beat his own record at Newton Abbot on Thursday night as the champion jockey raced to his fastest century of winners in a season on the John Ferguson-trained Arabic History in the 2m1f bumper.
The win means McCoy reaches the milestone 14 days earlier than his previous best, when he notched a century on September 4 in the 2001-02 season.
McCoy had started the evening on 98 winners and moved to within one of a new personal best when Crannaghmore Boy justified 11-8 favouritism in the 3m2½f handicap chase, before Arabic Storm became the rider’s 100th winner for the season when making a winning debut in the last race on the card.
“I suppose it does take a bit of weight off my shoulders to break my own record,” said McCoy.
He added: “When I set the fastest century in 2001 I didn’t think anyone, including myself, would be able to get near it and here I am breaking it, so from that perspective I’m a bit disappointed.
“You’ve got to challenge yourself. I have been very lucky this summer as Jonjo O’Neill’s horses have been in good form and, due to Jason Maguire’s injury, I’ve picked up a lot of rides for Donald McCain and have ridden some very nice horses for John Ferguson like the one I have just won on.
“I’m very luck to ride for a great man like JP [McManus]. He gives you a lot of confidence.”
Considering if he could set a new seasonal-best total come the end of the season, McCoy said: “It will be a case of staying injury free and keeping my head down. How many winners I ride in the future will be determined by that [injury] and the weather through the winter months.”
McCoy’s current record for winners in a season came in the 2001-02 campaign when he finished with 289.
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