McCoy rides 4,000th winner in JP McManus’ colours

McCoy rides 4,000th winner in JP McManus’ colours
JOCKEY AP McCoy has made history by riding his 4,000th career winner and did so in the colours of racehorse owner JP McManus.

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 JP’s horse Mountain Tunes, trained by Jonjo O’Neill at Towcester this Thursday, won his 4,000th race over jumps and admitted afterward that “he always hoped” he could reach the landmark in McManus’ 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 O’Neill trained Church Field, which is also owned by McManus.

“It was just amazing, it couldn’t have worked out any better. To do it for Jonjo and the McManus’s is brilliant as they’ve been so good to me,” said McCoy after the race.

“It was always hopefully going to be in JP’s colours. Racing people are fantastic, they are so pleased for me,” he added.

McManus said he was “choked” 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.

“What a man and what a ride. I think he was more pleased because when he came in he said it was a nice horse,” said JP.

Making pointed reference to the injury to Limerick jockey JT McNamara, Mr McManus said: “I think racing is a close knit community, as evidenced by recent events, and AP is behind everything that is good.”

“I’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, I’m choked that he did,” added the Limerick man.