Retired jockey Tony McCoy to eat full Christmas dinner

Tony McCoy
Tony McCoy

Retired jockey Tony McCoy has revealed he is looking forward to a Christmas with a difference this year.

The Co Antrim man has said that for the first time in 25 years he will be able to enjoy a full Christmas lunch without worrying about eating too much.

Earlier the 41-year-old revealed he was only able to consume around 597 calories on Christmas Day before he was retired as it was midway through the racing season.

He told BBC’s Good Morning Ulster: “Probably the last time I had Christmas like I’m going to have this time was when I was 14 or 15 years old. It’s going to take a little getting used to.”

He added: “Obviously we have racing at Kempton on Boxing Day so it’s pretty much back to work. So, the diet and the regime, even though it’s Christmas, has to stay pretty strict and you have to have a discipline to make sure you don’t enjoy it from a food perspective too much.

“It’ll be different from that in that I’ll get up and have breakfast and not worry about what I’m eating.

“Obviously I did eat on Christmas day and I did have a Christmas meal, it’ll be different this year because it will be Christmas meal not worrying about what I’m eating, or eating as much as I want and going back for seconds and thirds if I like and not thinking that I shouldn’t be doing it.