AP McCoy to receive BBC Lifetime Achievement award

AP McCoy rode 4,300 winners in his 20-year career before retiring earlier this year
AP McCoy rode 4,300 winners in his 20-year career before retiring earlier this year

Ulster horse racing legend AP McCoy is to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at this weekend’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

McCoy was champion jockey for every season of his 20-year professional career before retiring in April 2015 having ridden over 4,300 jump racing winners.

The Moneyglass man will receive his latest accolade at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday, with the glittering event broadcast live on BBC One.

McCoy was crowned Sports Personality of the Year in 2010 after winning the Grand National at his 15th attempt.

Ahead of this weekend’s event, McCoy said: “To be receiving the Lifetime Achievement award is a big highlight of what has been an incredible year.

“It’s a huge honour and I’m thrilled to be accepting it so close to home in Belfast. I’m looking forward to what will be a very special night.”