Tony McCoy’s father Peadar has spoken of his pride after the champion jockey announced his intention to retire from the saddle at the end of this season.
The announcement that stunned racing came after McCoy had ridden his 200th winner of the season on Mr Mole in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday.
While glad his son is going out at the top, he is in the dark as to what the future holds for him
“I had no idea he was going to do that,” McCoy senior said.
“I was pleased but in another way I wasn’t, I’m just hoping he stays straight for the rest of the season now.
“I’m very proud, everything he’s done has been above expectations, he couldn’t have done any better.
“The two Gold Cups at Cheltenham are the highlight for me because I wasn’t there when he won the National. I went the year after, but I wasn’t there the 14 years before.
“It’s not easy watching him, especially when he falls. As long as you see him get up it’s OK, but sometimes he gets up when he shouldn’t. It’s worked out well for him.”
He went on: “I never really saw it (determination) in him. It was Billy Rock who rang Jim Bolger and told him he’d be a champion, but he thought on the Flat. Jim’s has to be the best school in Ireland.
“I don’t know what he’ll do now, he could be like Richard Dunwoody and not go back to racing again. I don’t think he’ll train, even though he’s built a new yard.
“We’re all here today and we’re very proud.
“You couldn’t ask for a better career.”