Grand National: Tony McCoy Wins On Don't Push It 15th Time Lucky!
The Grand National is probably the most famous horse race over jumps in the world and on a beautiful spring afternoon at the famous Liverpool Aintree track McCoy rode home the 10/1 shot Don't Push It to the roars of the huge crowd. Black Apalachi was second and State of Play third.
A win in The Grand National had proved elusive for Tony McCoy who had failed to secure victory in his other 14 previous rides in this legendary race. McCoy broke into tears after the race saying:
"I'm being a big wuss. It means everything to me to win the Grand National"
McCoy is one of the most successful UK jump jockey of all time being the Champion Jockey 14 times and the only jockey to have won more than 3,000 National Hunt races. The Grand National, the greatest of all prizes, was one he seemed doomed to not achieve until today. The whole of the racing world including his rivals have been has been quick to congratulate him.
Runner up Denis O'Regan said: "I'm delighted for AP - he beat me fair and square."
As they jumped the last together, McCoy galvanised his mount to take up the running before the Elbow and the relief the record-breaking rider showed immediately afterwards was immense.
Priced at twice those odds in the morning, the 10-year-old had never been the most fluent of jumpers and overcame a number of errors in the race to win for McCoy's boss - owner JP McManus - and trainer Jonjo O'Neill.