Champion trainer Willie Mullins: his failing to win the Gold Cup has become “a thing”. Photograph:  The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse

Willie Mullins knows his failure to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup has become “a thing”. When jump racing’s Blue Riband comes around his six runner-up f(...)

 Pádraig Beggy riding Wings Of Eagles  wins the Derby at Epsom in June. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Highlight At 40-1, Wings Of Eagles was the longest priced Derby winner in 43 years. But that was nothing in the ‘Surprise Stakes’ compared to the pre(...)

My Dream Boat (R) pips Aidan O’Brien’s Found on the line to take the Prince of Wales’s stakes. Photograph: Reuters

My Dream Boat was a surprising winner to give Clive Cox and Adam Kirby a second Group One success of the week in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal(...)

Pat Eddery: endured 70 losses before securing his first win. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Pat Eddery, who has died aged 63, was Ireland’s most successful ever jockey. Only the legendary Sir Gordon Richards surpassed the 4,632 winners Eddery(...)

Grundy ridden by Pat Eddery comes home to win the George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on July 26th, 1975, ahead of Bustino ridden by Joe Mercer (left) and Dahlia ridden by Lester Piggott (second right). Photograph: PA

Pat Eddery was one of the world’s great riders and perhaps Ireland’s finest flat-race jockey of all. He was unquestionably the most successful. Only (...)

Jamie Spencer will ride The Grey Gatsby, pictured with trainer Kevin Ryan, in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho

Jamie Spencer has come in for the ride of The Grey Gatsby in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot for which 10 have been declared. Ryan(...)

Tony McCoy found it hard to stay motivated when his 300 wins target was no longer a reality. Photo: David Davies/PA

“It’s a terrible way of describing it but I’ve been like a drug addict this week,” Tony McCoy says on a quiet morning at home. In a beautiful house on(...)

Tony McCoy, seen here with  the Champion Jump Jockey trophy at Sandown Racecourse,   has announced he is to retire from racing at the end of the season. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It is no surprise that Tony McCoy waited until reaching 200 winners for the season before announcing it will be his last campaign. Just as no jockey (...)

The real McCoy
  • Racing
  • November 9, 2013, 01:00

Anthony Peter McCoy is variously known as Tony or AP but will always be definitively referred to as one of the greatest jockeys in the long history of(...)