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AP McCoy admits he is 'dreading' his final career ride on Saturday

RacingBy Sean Nolan
AP McCoy chatting to Clare balding about the end of his illustrious career
AP McCoy chatting to Clare balding about the end of his illustrious career

The greatest jump jockey of all time will have his final ride as a professional on Saturday and he has spoken about just how much he is 'dreading' the thought of it.

McCoy will appear on the Clare Balding Show on BT Sport 2 tonight at 9.30 and he speaks about a wide range of topics, including his upcoming final ride, aboard a horse called Box Office at Sandown on Saturday.

When asked by Balding about the prospect of his final race, McCoy said: "I’m dreading it, yes.  I would like to, the thing that I’d love to do is to be able to do it all again, so it is. I’ve often said, I said it recently, that I’d love to change my name and go back riding and be in the next season again and carry on as normal but I think the position that I was lucky enough to be in, I think the most difficult thing is to walk away when you are still performing.  

"It is very difficult for a sports person to walk away when you are still performing before the dip comes or people think he’s maybe not as good as he was or someone else might have had a chance of being champion jockey, I never wanted that to happen. I wanted to be brave enough and have enough bottle to walk away when I was still champion jockey."

On Saturday McCoy will pick up his 20th successive champion jockey crown, a feat surely never to be surpassed in the sport, but the realisation that he won't be doing it all again really hit home last week, after his last spin at Cheltenham.

"The reality of it only really only hit home I think after the Grand National because after I announced my retirement in February I kind of thought, well I’m still riding the next day.  

"I was lucky enough to go to Ireland for the Irish Hennessy and I never thought I would retire but it really hit home after Aintree and more so at the end, probably after I left Cheltenham last Thursday for the last time and I was on my home driving home, and most of my colleagues will tell you I don’t drive very far but I actually did manage to drive myself to Cheltenham that day and drove myself home and I did have a moment or two on the way home."