Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Sir Anthony McCoy Backs Skelton For BBC SPOTY But Expects Murray Hat-Trick

Sir Anthony McCoy is backing 50/1 shot Nick Skelton for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, after the veteran Olympian claimed gold at the Rio Games.

McCoy, the 2010 SPOTY winner, says in his regular blog for bookmakers William Hill that Skelton’s longevity and talent deserve to be recognised.

“Nick Skelton is as good a showjumper as there’s ever been. To go to seven Olympic Games and winning gold with possibly his last chance is an incredible feat. If I could pick one person, I would love to see Nick Skelton win Sports Personality of the Year. I’ve known him a long time and have always thought he’s a brilliant rider. I have great respect for him. He’s very gifted.”

But the 20-time Champion Jockey thinks Skelton will face some stiff opposition from tennis hero Andy Murray.

“I’d like to see Nick win Sports Personality, but who do I think will win it? Andy Murray is favourite and if he hadn’t already won it twice, I’d say he was a good thing. Maybe he deserves to win it again though, winning Wimbledon and Olympic gold in the same year. I think Andy will probably win it again.”

McCoy says he thoroughly enjoyed watching the Olympics and there is one sport in particular that he feels Great Britain excel at.

“Cycling is what Team GB are most dominant in. We have some unbelievable cyclists, with the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott. That’s without even mentioning Chris Froome, who added a bronze medal to his three Tour de France victories. He’s relatively unfancied for the Sports Personality of the Year Award which is crazy, isn’t it? The problem with the cyclists though, is that votes will be divided between them.”

And maybe there could even be a new contender for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Games. McCoy says he could be tempted.

“With Nick Skelton winning a gold medal at the age of 58, I was thinking maybe I retired too early. Could I go for a career switch? I wouldn’t mind riding Big Star.”


BBC Sports Personality of the Year: 11/10 Andy Murray; 2/1 Mo Farah; 7/1 Laura Trott; 9/1 Jason Kenny; 14/1 Max Whitlock; 20/1 Gareth Bale; 40/1 Anthony Joshua; 40/1 Chris Froome; 50/1 Kate Richardson-Walsh; 50/1 Lewis Hamilton; 50/1 Maddie Hinch; 50/1 Nick Skelton; 66/1 Adam Peaty; 66/1 Jamie Vardy; 66/1 Justin Rose; 66/1 Nicola Adams; 66/1 Sir Bradley Wiggins; 80/1 Carl Frampton; 100/1 Alistair Brownlee; 100/1 Charlotte Dujardin; 100/1 Danny Willett; 100/1 Kell Brook; 100/1 Mark Cavendish; 100/1 Rory McIlroy; 100/1 Sarah Storey; 100/1 Tyson Fury; 150/1 Joe Root; 150/1 Ronnie O’Sullivan

2017 New Year’s Honours List (To become a Sir/Dame):

Mo Farah EVS Yes 8/11 No

Andy Murray EVS Yes 8/11 No

Max Whitlock 9/2 Yes 1/8 No

Justin Rose 8/1 Yes 1/20 No

Andrew Triggs Hodge 8/1 Yes 1/20 No

Jess Ennis Hill 6/4 Yes 1/2 No

Katherine Grainger 5/1 Yes 1/9 No

Jason Kenny: 1/8 Yes, 9/2 No

Laura Trott: 2/5 Yes, 7/4 No


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