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Martin Pipe called Tony McCoy "absolutely phenomenal"

Last Updated: 07/11/13 5:19pm

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Martin Pipe, who formed such a formidable partnership with Tony McCoy during his time has a trainer, labelled the jockey "absolutely phenomenal" after he rode his 4000th career winner at Towcester.

The 15-time champion jumps trainer said: "I'm sure he rode over 1,000 winners for me. It's absolutely amazing. AP is just absolutely phenomenal. Always Perfect - his two initials.

"He's absolutely incredible. Not only is he a great friend, he's a brilliant jockey and a brilliant role model for the young jockeys to follow. He's totally dedicated to the sport and gives every horse, whatever grade it's in, be it a seller or a Gold Cup, the same ride - he's so determined to succeed. He's unparalleled in the history of racing.

"He's such a lovely person with it. He was voted Sports Personality of the Year and quite rightly so. He's done a lot for our sport and we're all very proud of him and very proud of what he has achieved.

"He has beaten my record. I only had 3,929 jumps winners, so congratulations to him. I had Flat winners as well to make it a bit higher (4,182).

"He's a fantastic, amazing guy and so dedicated. He's had plenty of injuries along the way. He's so determined, focussed and concentrated.

"I remember one day ages ago, he came off on the bend at Chepstow. He was stretchered off and I thought 'oh dear I've got to find another jockey'.

"I thought he won't ride again today. I ran down and he said he would ride it. It was two races later, he did and came out and won. He is made of steel and a lovely guy with it.

"He's so good with the kids at the races wanting his autograph and anyone basically who wants to talk to him. He has time for everyone in racing."

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