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A portrait of AP McCoy has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square in central London.

The photograph of the 18-times champion jump jockey was taken by Spencer Murphy.

It was used as part of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed marketing campaign to promote the broadcaster’s first Grand National earlier this year.

Mr Murphy said the portrait “exuded defiance and dominance, his bold gaze… confronts the viewer”.

The picture is not on display at the moment, but the gallery hopes it will be in due course.

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This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (11 July 2013)