Racecourse's bar tribute to the real McCoy
A champion jockey has officially opened a bar named after him at the racecourse where he rode his first winner.
AP McCoy said he was "delighted" Exeter Racecourse, where he rode his first winner on English soil in 1994, has renamed one of its bars AP's.
The 18-times champion jockey and 2010 Sports Personality of the Year winner booted home Chickabiddy, who was trained locally on Exmoor by Gordon Edwards, to win some 19 years ago on September 7. The champion is now less than 20 winners away from achieving a record-breaking 4,000 winners. Following the win, The Sporting Life newspaper ran the headline The Real McCoy, and journalist-turned-commentator Mike Cattermole said: "Chickabiddy's win in the William Hill Diamond Jubilee Handicap Hurdle at Exeter yesterday introduced an up-and-coming rider in Tony (AP) McCoy. It was McCoy's first success in Britain. But remember the name because the 20-year-old who recently joined Toby Balding, gave Chickabiddy (7-1) a cool and efficient ride to beat Just Rosie by a length."
AP McCoy said: "I'm delighted that Exeter has renamed its bar in my honour. Exeter is where it all started on English soil when Chickabiddy won. The support I have received from Exeter over the years has always been incredible."
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