Politicians from across the political spectrum heaped praise on champion jockey Tony McCoy for his outstanding achievements throughout his career, culminating last week in the historic win of his 4000th race.
Danny Kinahan, MLA for South Antrim, initiated the discussion in the Northern Ireland Assembly about the Antrim-born champion jockey. Mr Kinahan highlighted McCoy’s key successes during his career including his 18 consecutive years as champion jockey and victories in the Grand National, the Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle and the Champion Chase. He also made specific reference to the close and caring relationship McCoy has with every single one of the horses he had ridden, with a strong bond being made between man and horse.
Other MLAs contributed to the discussion about McCoy, particularly emphasising his hard work and dedication to the sport, and the honour that his victories have brought to his home town and surrounding areas. There are even calls for a statue to be erected to Tony McCoy at Down Royal Racecourse in County Down
McCoy was recognised as a sporting icon and a role model for those seeking to aim high and achieve their goals.