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Saturday 10 December 2016

AP McCoy in the swing of retirement as he turns his attention to golf

Former champion jockey AP McCoy at day two 2015 Galway racing festival
Former champion jockey AP McCoy at day two 2015 Galway racing festival
Galway Races Day 2
James Jones runs from the rain on day two of the Galway racing festival
Punters take shelter from the rain on day two 2015 Galway racing festival
(on left) Former champion jockey AP McCoy with Frank Berry and JP McManus at day two 2015 Galway racing festival
Sisters Tara and Karen Murphy from Galway enjoying day two 2015 Galway racing festival
Vivienne Leavy and Annmarie McManus enjoying day two 2015 Galway racing festival

HE may be retired but that hasn't softened AP McCoy's competitive streak.

The champion jockey revealed he was keeping the McManus clan in his sights and is hoping to get the better of JP and his son Ciaran on the golf course.

Since retiring, McCoy has been focusing on his game and handicap of 14, and wasn't tempted to return to the saddle.

"No, it's over. I just keep looking forward and I'll hopefully be better at whatever I do next. I've no idea what, but hopefully I'll be more successful whatever I do," he added.

But he admits that he is keeping an eye on JP McManus and his family.

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"I'm playing in a big tournament in Scotland in October, it's a pro-am so that's my aim. JP has won it twice and Ciaran has won it twice so I'm going there to dethrone them.

"That's my plan, because I reckon if I beat them I could win. I'm on the opposite team now," he said.

For the racing legend, this year's trip to Ballybrit as a punter was a novel experience.

"This is my first time in Galway not being involved but it's fine. It's a nice day, it's nice to be out. Obviously it's a bit more relaxed and I'm a bit heavier as everyone keeps pointing out, which isn't nice.

"I'm enjoying dinners a little too much so I'll have to go on a diet soon," he said.

Film

The champion jockey revealed a film on his final year in the saddle will be in cinema in November, but despite the eagerness of fans, he was dampening expectations.

"It's alright. It's about me so it's not that exciting. They did a good job of trying to make me look the best. I thought they might have photoshopped me.

"It's watchable. The director won three BAFTAs so if he can't make me look good I'm f**ked," he added.

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