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Clare Balding pays tribute to 'incredible' McCoy

Racing broadcaster Clare Balding was among those to congratulate AP McCoy on riding his 4,000th winner, calling the jockey's feat "incredible":

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What a ride from @ap_mccoy! That never looked likely until two strides before the line. Incredible. Congratulations to the Champ #mccoy4000

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Everyone there to witness it who should be - Jonjo, JP McManus, all his family and Uncle Toby, who was his first GB boss #mccoy4000

Sports stars hail record-breaking jockey McCoy

AP McCoy's fellow sportsmen took to Twitter to congratulate the jockey on his landmark 4,000th career win.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, Irish golfer Shane Lowry and ex-England rugby union captain Matt Dawson were among those to pay tribute to the record-breaking rider also known as Tony McCoy:

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That's all well and good @ap_mccoy but 5 live rugby is now cancelled tonight to celebrate ur 4000 winner #anyotherday

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McCoy one victory away from 4,000 wins landmark

Record-breaking jockey Tony McCoy is one victory away from 4,000 wins and could reach that astonishing milestone today.

Tony McCoy has two chances today to reach the 4,000 wins milestone. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The 18-time champion jockey moved to 3,999 wins after winning on Minella For Steak at Chepstow yesterday.

The Northern Irishman has two rides at Towcester today where he could reach the unprecedented landmark.

McCoy will ride Church Field at 2.10pm which is the 3/1 favourite and Mountain Tunes an hour later which is also the favourite at 6/4.

McCoy will not reach 4,000 wins milestone today

Record-breaking jockey Tony McCoy will not reach 4,000 race wins today after failing to win the first two of his three rides in Exeter.

Tony McCoy on Flemenson at Exeter today. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

However, our sports correspondent Ian Payne said: "Such is the relentless nature of horse racing, McCoy could reach that milestone tomorrow at Chepstow where he has a couple more rides.

"He is a total phenomenon, he's won the championship for jockeys 18 times and he is going for his 19th this year."

The 18-time champion jockey finished second on his opening race on Flemenson, seventh on Keen Eye in his second ride and has one more race at Exeter today.

McCoy downplays chance of reaching milestone today

Record-breaking jockey Tony McCoy, who is only two race wins short of reaching an astonishing 4,000 jump victories, downplayed his chances of completing that feat at Exeter today.

Record-breaking jockey Tony McCoy could record his 4000th win today. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Northern Irishman, who has three rides at Exeter, told the Guardian he had "bits of chances" to complete that milestone today.

He said: "I wouldn't say they're good chances. Flemenson won at Uttoxeter the last day, he's probably my best chance. Well Hello There fell last time and I think the one in the hurdle is probably not much good."

McCoy currently has 3,998 victories over his 18-year career and his first race starts at 1.50pm today, followed by another at 2.20pm and the last at 3.50pm.

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Audience research on McCririck was 'among worst ever'

Flamboyant racing pundit John McCririck was dumped from a high-profile role on Channel 4 because he was "alienating" and "very offensive", an employment tribunal has been told.

Jay Hunt, Channel 4's chief creative officer, said a talent tracker study on how he went down with audiences was "one of the worst pieces of research I have ever seen regarding a presenter".

McCririck with his wife Jenny, who he refers to as 'The Booby'. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

McCririck, 73, who was dropped from Channel 4's revamped on-screen line-up, is accusing his former employers of age discrimination.

Ms Hunt said the audience research on him was "one of the most dispiriting" documents she had seen.

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