AP McCoy, a racing immortal with 20 consecutive champion jump jockey titles alongside an incredible 4,357 race wins, will join Channel 4’s racing team on an exclusive contract from mid-November.
The 41-year-old, who won the Grand National in 2010 having already pocketed every other major race, some on several occasions, will make his debut with the Channel 4 team at Cheltenham’s Open meeting on November 14.
He will also work on several of Channel 4’s premier racedays and festivals across both codes of the sport.
McCoy will be at Newbury for the Hennessy Gold Cup in late November, at Kempton for the William Hill King George, and will also appear at Cheltenham’s January trials meeting.
The legendary Northern Irishman’s Cheltenham Festival commitments for the broadcaster will feature two more days from jumps HQ, then he will travel to Aintree to work on the Crabbie’s Grand National.
A keen watcher of Flat racing, particularly since retiring from the saddle in April, McCoy will then join the Channel 4 team for some major Flat dates, including the Investec Derby.
He’s also on board for two days from Royal Ascot, additional days from York’s Ebor Festival and October’s flat season finale, QIPCO British Champions Day.
On joining Channel 4, McCoy said: “I’ve been very lucky and privileged to have enjoyed a fantastic career as a jump jockey.
“I’m looking forward to working with Channel 4 over the next year and delighted to be back at some of the main festivals with a top presentation team.”
Widely regarded as one of the greatest jockeys of all time, McCoy has a mind blowing 4357 victories to his name, 20 consecutive Champion Jump Jockey titles, and has won virtually every major race including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the Grand National.
In 2010, ‘The Champ’ was recognised as one of the greatest sportsman of our time by winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Ed Havard, Channel 4’s head of TV events, said: “AP is the most celebrated jockey in the world and is one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.
“His unrivalled knowledge of the sport will be an absolutely massive asset to our coverage and viewers will benefit from the insights of the most famous name in the sport.
“Together with our existing team – including Clare Balding, Mick Fitzgerald and Nick Luck – AP will help take Channel 4’s racing coverage to new levels. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome him to Channel 4.”
Clare Balding, who recently confirmed a deal to present Channel 4’s coverage of major meetings throughout 2016, said: “I love the sport, the horses and the people in racing; and I feel particularly privileged to get the chance to work with AP McCoy.
“To hear his unique insight and opinion will be fascinating for all of us.”
Trainer Jonjo O’Neill, who provided McCoy with so many of his most famous wins, including the Grand National success on Don’t Push It, added: “Channel 4 deserves much praise for recruiting AP – he will be a wonderful addition to their racing team.”
Richard Johnson, previously a perennial runner-up to McCoy in the title race and hot favourite to win the first post-McCoy championship, said: “It’s great that Channel 4 has managed to get AP on board.
“It will be great for the racing public to see a different side of AP and it’s always important to get a rider’s point of view and his are second to none.”