“I HAD a fairly good week,” says modest AP McCoy, who must be the king of understatement as well as king of the saddle.
Fresh from his four thousand and second winner only hours earlier in Navan the humble jockey said in Murroe on Sunday: “I was lucky that I rode my 4,000 winner on Thursday and I managed to add to that today in Navan. I was delighted to be invited down here with JP.”
Speaking in the Muintir na Tire hall he recalled that he once rode a horse called Glenstal Abbey - just up the road - and it was nice to be in Murroe.
Mr McCoy’s many links to Limerick continue with his great friend JT McNamara.
Both Mr McManus and Mr McCoy have been personally involved in the fundraising campaign for JT McNamara, since his horrific riding accident in Cheltenham.
Mr McManus and Mr McCoy send their best wishes to JT.
“I went to see him last Saturday night week, I’ve spent a couple of Saturday nights with him recently. He is very happy with the treatment he is getting in Southport [the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre in Merseyside].
“He is definitely making progress in relation to his breathing and his aim at the moment is to get off the ventilator. He is improving and progressing - he is a very positive person,” said Mr McCoy.
He described the racing community as “tight-knit”.
“When these things happen - unfortunate things, like what happened to JP, everyone rallies around and tries to support those people as best as possible.
“John Thomas is a very popular man. We will give him as much support as we can and make it as easy as possible for him,” said Mr McCoy.
Despite his beloved Arsenal playing Manchester Utd at the time there was no phone in sight and he made many people’s year by signing copies of his autobiography and posing for photographs.
Breda Ahern presented a trophy to Mr McCoy in recognition of his tremendous achievement during the week. Chairman of Murroe Community Council, Fr Simon Sleeman, then asked Mr McCoy to present a bouquet of flowers to Ms Ahern. It was fitting as the two have a lot in common.
“She runs the hall year in, year out through the bad weather and is a tower of strength,” said Fr Simon. It sounds familiar.