JOCKEY AP McCoy has made history by riding his 4,000th career winner and did so in the colours of racehorse owner JP McManus.
McCoy, riding JPâ€™s horse Mountain Tunes, trained by Jonjo Oâ€™Neill at Towcester this Thursday, won his 4,000th race over jumps and admitted afterward that â€œhe always hopedâ€ he could reach the landmark in McManusâ€™ trademark green and gold colours.
The jockey, who has ridden for McManus for nine years and shares a very close friendship with the Limerick man, reached the 4,000th career win in the second of two rides this Thursday, losing out earlier while riding the similarly Oâ€™Neill trained Church Field, which is also owned by McManus.
â€œIt was just amazing, it couldnâ€™t have worked out any better. To do it for Jonjo and the McManusâ€™s is brilliant as theyâ€™ve been so good to me,â€ said McCoy after the race.
â€œIt was always hopefully going to be in JPâ€™s colours. Racing people are fantastic, they are so pleased for me,â€ he added.
McManus said he was â€œchokedâ€ that the jockey achieved the milestone in his colours after the race and, according to reports, offered to buy everyone on the course a drink to celebrate.
â€œWhat a man and what a ride. I think he was more pleased because when he came in he said it was a nice horse,â€ said JP.
Making pointed reference to the injury to Limerick jockey JT McNamara, Mr McManus said: â€œI think racing is a close knit community, as evidenced by recent events, and AP is behind everything that is good.â€
â€œIâ€™m so proud and pleased that I know him and his family, long may he carry on. It was nice that he wanted it to be in my colours, Iâ€™m choked that he did,â€ added the Limerick man.