Arise Sir Tony - Knighthood for Moneyglass legend

The incomparable Tony McCoy
The incomparable Tony McCoy

Moneyglass jockey Tony McCoy has added a knighthood in the New Year Honours to his unprecedented list of achievements during a glittering career and beyond.

The unassuming 41-year-old fofficially retired at the end of April - ending a spectacular 23 years in horse racing as champion jockey for the 20th consecutive season.

His latest recognition comes less than two weeks after he picked up the lifetime achievement award at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Belfast.

McCoy, who has ridden 4,358 winners since his first race in 1992, has already been awarded both an OBE and MBE, was named Sports Personality in 2010, and now becomes only the second jockey after Sir Gordon Richards to be awarded a knighthood.

Commenting on McCoy’s legacy, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his “longevity is a sign of top quality”.