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Aintree tags champion McCoy a 'legend'

Grand National's home awards accolade to AP on eve of his final big race attempt

Malcolm Howe



08-0312C Henderson

AP McCoy’s 20th and last ride in the Grand National has ben preceded by the champion jockey being inducted into Aintree's Hall of Fame.
Aintree coourse chairwoman Rose Paterson said: "It's an honour to be making A P a Legend at Aintree.
“I don't think we'll see his like again, and I'm very proud to be inducting him into the Hall of Fame."
McCoy, who won the Crabbie's Grand National in 2010 on Don't Push It, said: "It's an honour to be considered a Legend. Aintree is a very special place."
The late Toby Balding was also awarded the accolade of Aintree Legend. The trainer, who died last September, won the Grand National twice, with Highland Wedding in 1969 and Little Polveir 20 years later. He also gave AP McCoy his first job in racing in England.
His brother and former trainer Ian accepted the award and said: "Aintree has been iconic to our family. I remember that I was playing a rugby game during Highland Wedding's race in 1969. I kept kicking the ball out of touch so that I could listen to the commentary!
"Toby and I were so thrilled that we were at Aintree when AP won the National in 2010. I schooled with A P a time or two and know him very well, and obviously Toby had a great connection with him, so it was very special that we were here together for his win."

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