By Simon Jackson.
AP McCoy was honoured tonight when the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool was lit up with a good luck message ahead of his final ride in the Crabbie’s Grand National on Saturday.
The famous building was illuminated with an image of one of McCoy’s finest moments – winning the world famous Grand National on Don’t Push It in 2010 – together with the words “The Greatest Jockey. The Greatest Race.”
McCoy last month described his victory on Don’t Push It in the 2010 Grand National as possibly the best day of his life.
“When you start out as a jump jockey, the Grand National is the race you want to take part in and more than that, the race you want to win. It’s the greatest horserace in the world,” McCoy said.
“It’s different in that it is the one race everyone around the country and all over the world stops to watch.
“My win on Don’t Push It in 2010 was definitely one of if not the greatest day of my racing career. I had 14 attempts before so to do it for J P [McManus] and Jonjo [O’Neill] made the circumstances very special.
“There were a couple of times before when I thought I was definitely going to win only for circumstances to go against me so I didn’t really believe it with Don’t Push It until around 100 yards from the line. You never win the Grand National until you are past the post.
“I am not sure having the most rides in the Grand National is my most favourite or memorable record to have but it is nice to have all the same. I am fortunate to have won on Don’t Push It and hopefully can add another before I go.”
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