Nineteen-time champion jockey AP McCoy believes that he has “over achieved” during his glittering career.
The 40-year-old announced on Saturday his intention to retire from racing at the end of the current campaign, in a season where he looks set to be crowned as champion jockey for an unprecedented 20th time.
The Northern Irishman has already secured 200 winners this season taking his remarkable career total to 4,322, and the highly decorated jockey believes he has over achieved throughout his career after competing against a number of highly talented rivals.
He said: “I’ve no regrets whatsoever because I really think I’ve over achieved to be honest. I think there’s been as many good jockeys as I have been, not being arrogant I think I’ve done well for myself.”
One of McCoy’s last targets in the sport was to reach 300 winners in a season and he looked on course to achieve this goal in the current campaign before picking up a bad injury at Worcester in October.
Now the 40-year-old has set his sights on sealing his 20th championship jockey crown and he believes that will be a fitting way to draw his career to a close.
He continued: “Most of all I wanted to retire when I was champion jockey, I’ve spent 20 years of my life chasing it and I’m still as I want to be.”
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