McCoy has no plans to quit
Retirement from the saddle is not on his radar
TONY McCOY accepts retirement from the saddle is not even a consideration while he is still loving the cut and thrust of racing.
The 18-time champion jockey created another monumental landmark at Towcester yesterday when he secured his 4,000th career win over jumps aboard Mountain Tunes.
McCoy (39) admits to having finally achieved contentment in his career, but says retirement is not yet on his radar.
He said: "There are any amount of people around who don't think I'm the best jockey, but I've got to a stage now that I'm happy with what I've done – at last.
"I could never have ridden 4,000 winners without loving my job and if I ever get to the point where I'm not loving it, I'll stop.
"But, at this rate, someone might have to tell me when to stop. I hope I'll be sensible enough to quit on my own terms, but my biggest problem is that I enjoy it too much.
"If I was ever granted one wish it would be to come back as another person and be able to start this all over again.
"Essentially I am a dreamer. I've dreamed all my life. When I started, I dreamed I'd be champion because it is a sport that is all about the people who win the most and I have a fear of not winning."
That the Irishman achieved the magic milestone aboard Mountain Tunes heightened McCoy's sense of satisfaction. The four-year-old is trained by regular ally Jonjo O'Neill and competes in the green and gold silks of JP McManus, to whom McCoy has been retained for the last nine years.
"I'm always relieved to win and this race might not have been the biggest, richest or best I've ever won, but it was fantastic how it happened – riding a horse in the gold and green silks of JP that is trained by Jonjo O'Neill.
"Doing that means as much to me as the actual number and, not that you can stage-manage these things, I was determined that it was the way it should happen."
Despite having achieved more than any jumps jockey in the history of racing, McCoy insists there is always room for improvement in such a competitive environment.
He said: "Someone was saying I was also the most experienced jumps jockey ever because I've had the most rides.
"But never a day goes past when I don't learn something new and the person who reckons any different is wrong.
"There is no place for arrogance or complacency in racing because you are up there one minute and on your backside the next.
"I feel like I'm one of the lads in the weighing room and I hope they feel the same about me.
"It's a tough game and longevity needs a lot of luck.
"You need targets in life and, luckily, I have a few left."