McCoy Echoes Redgrave Declaring "Shoot Me If I Ride Professionally Again"
Ahead of his final day in the saddle, AP McCoy says he will never return to being a professional jockey, with comments that sound very familiar to ones used by Sir Steve Redgrave.
Speaking exclusively to William Hill TV, McCoy echoed Redgrave: “You can shoot me if I ride professionally again.”
Sir Steve Redgrave famously said after winning his fourth Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 that “anyone who sees me in a boat has my permission to shoot me” – before coming out of retirement and claiming a fifth Olympic gold medal four years later in Sydney.
Bookmakers William Hill think it is very unlikely McCoy will return to the saddle, offering odds of 12/1 that he returns as a professional jockey in the 2015/2016 season and just 1/50 that he stays retired.
“The betting suggests McCoy will never return as a jockey, but many of the best sportsmen can’t resist the lure of a comeback,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
William Hill have slashed the odds on AP McCoy lifting the 2015 Sports Personality Of The Year title – he is now the 7/2 favourite from 5/1 and has overtaken Lewis Hamilton as the most likely person to be crowned as the public’s sporting hero this year.
And Britain’s biggest bookmaker think a knighthood could be beckoning for racing’s favourite jockey – McCoy is 2/1 for a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours.
“McCoy must surely be in line for a knighthood. No other jump jockey has come close to achieving what he has in racing,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
There’s also been money for McCoy to take part in Strictly Come Dancing, despite AP’s own admission that it is unlikely. William Hill have been forced to cut the price of him being in the next series from 20/1 to 14/1 after a wave of bets.
AP McCoy Specials
AP McCoy To Return As A Professional Jockey In 2015/16 Season:
AP McCoy To Receive A Knighthood By 2nd January 2016: 2/1
AP McCoy To Win BBC SPOTY 2015: 7/2 FAVOURITE
AP McCoy To Take Part In Next Series Of I’m A Celeb: 12/1
AP McCoy To Take Part In Next Series Of Strictly Come Dancing: 14/1
AP McCoy To Train, Breed Or Own A Grand National Winner By 2020: 16/1
AP McCoy To Train, Breed Or Own A Cheltenham Festival Winner By 2020: 10/1