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Being AP: The real McCoy

Published 1251 GMT (2051 HKT) November 27, 2015
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Jockey AP McCoy has his sights set on a new life having hung up his racing silks at the end of last season. Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images
A movie on that final season, "Being AP," has been released with McCoy attending the UK premiere on Monday November 23 with his wife Chanelle and the creator Anthony Wonke. Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The final months of an illustrious career proved to be emotional with this among the tributes at Cheltenham racecourse. Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Much of his retirement has been spent on the golf course. Here he is getting in the saddle with Graeme McDowell. David Cannon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The jump jockey was victorious in virtually every race imaginable since picking up his first winner as a 17-year-old in Ireland in 1992.
He has ridden in every type of weather on every surface imaginable during a career in which he rode more than 4,300 winners, a record. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Since turning professional, he won the National Hunt jockey title every single season. This season he secured a 20th straight title. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
But it is a career that has not been without its perils, McCoy breaking almost every bone in his body in a series of nasty falls. Julian Herbert/Getty Images
He estimates he has fallen from his horse over 1,000 times, including on this occasion at the prestigious annual Grand National. Hamish Blair/Getty Images
It was a race that had eluded him until 2010 when he guided "Don't Push It" to his one and only win in the big April race at Aintree. Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images
He is also a two-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, seen by many as the pinnacle of jump racing, his most recent win on Synchronised in 2012. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
His racing commitments took him the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland on a weekly basis but such travels have since drawn to a close. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
His main backer was the bookmaker JP McManus, who had McCoy on a retainer estimated to be about $1.5 million a year. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
McCoy celebrates with his wife Chanelle and children Eve and Archie after being the first jump jockey past the 4,000 winners mark. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
That led to a wall of celebration at Cheltenham Racecourse where racegoers were encouraged to write their own well wishes. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
A keen golfer, he had the chance to play with Tiger Woods in 2010, Woods reportedly astounded by the number of career injuries McCoy had sustained. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
But increasingly McCoy had begun pondering the prospect of retirement and discussed it with McManus and his wife before coming to his decision. Dan Mullan/Getty Images
It was a decision announced live on television at Newbury Racecourse leading to a litany of tributes from the horse racing community. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
With the sun having set on an illustrious career, he is staying in the racing world with a job as a pundit on British television. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Since retiring, the accolades having flooded in for the Arsenal fan including the BT Sport outstanding contribution to sport award from former Gunners striker Thierry Henry. Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe