Tony McCoy Quotes

I've appreciated every winner. I love them all.

There is no place for arrogance or complacency in racing because you are up there one minute and on your backside the next.

You only worry about your head or spinal column. Everything else some way or another will repair in time.

You need fear and doubt to drive you on. Without it you end up living in the past and being happy with what you have achieved.

During every race an ambulance trails the riders around the course. You know that sometimes you are going to end up in the back of that ambulance.

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.

A lot of healing is in the mind. I'm not talking about serious illnesses like cancer. I'm talking about ordinary broken bones. Healing begins in the head. You have to convince yourself you can do it.

Even though people involved in racing think that it has a big sporting stage it is a minority sport compared to some of the other high-profile events: football Formula One or golf.

When I was a kid if someone had asked who I'd meet if it could be anyone in the world it would've been Liam Brady.

When I'm injured I eat everything - proper junk. That's the one thing about being injured so much I get to treat myself.

I am quite hard to live with and I know that if I go through a bad run I'm not the best company and am best left alone. But I'm not nearly as bad as people like to make out.

It always hurts a bit to pick the 'wrong one' in a race as big as the Champion Hurdle and then to make matters worse you go and get beat by the horse you rejected.

For eight or 10 years I got wrapped up in chasing records. Everything was a number. Didn't matter what I won it was a number. Every horse I rode was a number.

I've always got a sweet tooth. I have chocolate hidden in places that nobody knows about.

My first winner was on Legal Steps in Ireland at Thurles in March 1992. I rode for Jim Bolger and his stable jockey was Christy Roche.

When you give someone a commitment to ride their horse you do it - unless God forbid something serious has happened. It would be laziness not to do it.

I never had a written contract was never officially a stable jockey.

If you break your sternum or your ribs you can still move. It's going to hurt but if you can cope with it you'll do it.

The criticism does not hurt because I have always been my own worst critic. I wouldn't say I don't respect other people's opinions but my opinion is the most important.

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.

I probably don't look healthy but I have never got to the stage where I thought I was going to pass out.

I think I've always used the whip in the correct way. I see marked horses every day and it's not a pretty sight but I've never marked a horse. Never.

A helmet is the most important part of any jockey's kit because of the number of falls you take so I wouldn't want to be wearing anything on the track unless it had been thoroughly tested.

Really racing is about the horses not me. You can't do it without the horses and they are the big players as are the lads who look after them and they rarely get a mention.

Racing may be a minority sport but I wouldn't swap it for all the money in the world.

If you ask most trainers who have ridden which pressure is greater - watching your horse or riding it - they will tell you it is harder watching it because you have no control over what happens.

I have found the right way to deal with my diet largely through trial and error but also by having good people around me all the time and they have given me the right advice for my body.

I've ridden 3 651 winners if that's any good to you. I don't count the falls. I count the winners.

I feel pressure every day. It is only pressure that I put on myself but I would expect all professional sportspeople to feel pressure to perform their best whenever they are at work.