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Oct 09, 2014

TRIBUTE TO MCCOY TO BE UNVEILED AT NEWTON ABBOT’S LAST FIXTURE OF THE SEASON

Friday 10th October will mark the end of the 2014 racing season at Newton Abbot Racecourse. To celebrate, the racecourse will unveil a special tribute racing’s most successful jump jockeys, AP McCoy OBE.

To recognise his impressive achievements, Newton Abbot Racecourse has commissioned a bronze sculpture of McCoy which will sit in the weighing room at the racecourse. The sculpture will be unveiled before the start of the first race at around 1:30pm.

McCoy rode his 4,000th winner at Towcester in November 2013, with him securing more wins at Newton Abbot than any other racecourse. He has since gone on to beat mentor and retired trainer Martin Pipe’s record of 4,191 winners, having reached 4,259 winners as of 29th September.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse, spoke of the racecourse’s reasons behind the sculpture: “The world of horseracing is filled with impressive sportsmen but the one who stands out for most people is AP McCoy. After his astounding 4,000 wins in November last year and his 100 fastest wins at Newton Abbot back in August, we wanted to mark his achievements with a special tribute of our own.

“McCoy provides such excitement at every fixture he attends here at Newton Abbot and we know it’s the same at racecourses across the country. He’s become synonymous with horseracing and is an example of the determination to succeed in the sport. We’re thrilled to be able to unveil this at our final fixture and recognise McCoy’s achievements.”

The bronze sculpture was created by William Newton, a sculptor based in Wincanton. As an ex-jockey himself, Newton became a full-time sculptor after his last race in 1987 and has used his experience and knowledge of horseracing in his work. Since then, he has become well-known in the racing community for his sculptures and has been commissioned to sculpt Grand National and Champion Hurdle winners.

Bumper crowds are expected to attend the last fixture on Friday 10th October, which will include an impressive prize fund of £91,000 to mark the end of a successful racing season. Racing for the day starts at 2:20pm with the last race at 5:30pm. The gates will open at 12:20pm.

Tickets can be bought online until 5pm on Thursday 8th October and are priced at £18 for the Paddock Enclosure and £12 for the Course Enclosure. Tickets will be available to buy at the gate on the day. Children aged 16 and under and students with a valid photographic student ID / NUS card can enjoy free entry.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.newtonabbotracing.com or call 01626 353235.