18-time champion jockey, Tony McCoy, is just two successes away from 4000 career winners as he heads into Exeter this afternoon.
McCoy has three rides at the Haldon Gold Cup meeting which include Flemenson in the opening race on the card at 1.50, Keen Eye for his boss J.P.McManus in the 2.20, which is a novice hurdle, and then Well Hello There in the handicap chase at 3.50.
The Irish-born jockey picked up a double at Kempton yesterday to move within just two of the remarkable figure. He was on board Captain Clutter at 1.35 as they justified their 4/11 favourites tag in the racing odds on bet365 to score comfortably over hurdles.
Then later in the afternoon, Foundation Man gave him his second winner of the day as he stayed on strongly to win his first handicap chase under the champion jockey.
McCoy rode his first ever winner back in 1992 when at the age of 17 he came home in front on Legal Steps at Thurles for Jim Bolger in a flat race.
Over two years later, Gordon Edwards provided him with his first success in the UK when he booked him to ride Chickabiddy which won at Exeter.
McCoy has already engraved his name into the hearts of racing betting fans. He became the fastest jockey to reach the 1000 winners mark in 1999, while in 2002 he broke Sir Gordon Richards’ record of 269 winners in a season.
The 2010 Sports Personality of the Year won the Grand National for the first ever time in 15 attempts on board Don’t Push It that year. Synchronised gave him his second success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2011, 15-years after his first with Mr Mulligan in 1997.