‘Greatest ever’ jockey heading to York – and he’s ready to answer your questions

Sir Anthony McCoy, pictured in October 2012. Photograph © Paul on Flickr
16 Mar 2016 @ 8.40 pm
| Entertainment, Sport

York Racecourse

Friday, May 27

£70-£95 per person

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Superstar of the saddle Sir Anthony McCoy is finally coming to York.

As a National Hunt hero, the flat course of York was never his manor. But he’ll be at the Voltiguer Suite in May.

The former record-breaking champion jockey will be appearing at the racecourse as the guest of honour at a sports dinner.

Channel Four racing host Emma Spencer will interview Sir Anthony, as he is known since his New Year’s Honours knighthood, and he’ll be sharing his best memories and future plans.

This will be followed by a special Q&A session – so if there’s anything you’d like to find out, you may get the chance to ask him in person.

A four course meal created by the racecourse’s award winning head chef is included in ticket prices, and VIP tickets also include a meet and greet reception with Sir Anthony and Emma.

‘The greatest jockey of all time’

Sir Anthony will be in conversation with Channel 4's Emma Spencer. Photograph: Sam Toolsie
Sir Anthony will be in conversation with Channel 4’s Emma Spencer. Photograph: Sam Toolsie

Trying to list Sir Anthony’s achievements shows just how incredible his 23-year career has been, and that he fully deserves his retirement last year.

He rode 4,358 winners throughout his career winning practically every major race, and is the first person from horseracing to be voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Very few sporting champions have totally dominated their field. McCoy is only the second jockey to be knighted for services to horseracing, after Sir Gordon Richards in 1953.

Astonishingly, Sir Anthony set out to break the records set by Richards – and succeeded. In 2002 he surpassed Richards’ total of 269 victories in one season.

McCoy was appointed MBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours and OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours list for his services to racing.

Michael Speight, managing director of MJK Sports Events, who are organising the evening, said:

It is with great pleasure that we are hosting this event at York Racecourse.

Sir Anthony is not only one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, he is also one of the nicest men we have worked with in the industry and we are thrilled to be working with him again.

Hosted at the York Racecourse in the stunning Voltiguer Suite, this event is perfect for racing fans. Sir Anthony is widely regarded as the greatest jockey of all time.