AP McCoy escapes three-car motorway pile up

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  • Twenty-time champion jockey AP McCoy has said he has walked away unscathed from a car crash this afternoon (Wednesday, 18 November).

    AP was reportedly involved in a three-car pile up on the M4 between Hungerford and Swindon.

    The accident happened between junctions 14 and 15 on the motorway.

    “I’m fine and so is the other person in the car,” AP told the Racing Post.

    “A van and a car collided in front of us and I ended up with nowhere to go as a result.

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    “Fortunately nobody was injured but all the vehicles were badly damaged.”

    AP retired from race-riding earlier this year. He rode his last race at Sandown Park on Saturday 25 April.

    He had two rides on his final afternoon in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,000 at the Esher racecourse.

    His last ever ride came on the Jonjo O’Neill runner Box Office in the Bet365 Handicap Hurdle, when he finished third.

    Both horses were owned by his loyal supporter JP McManus, in whose familiar silks AP won the Grand National in 2010.

    He retired on a career total of 4,348 winners and he bows out having been crowned champion jockey for the 20th year in succession.

    Last week he tried his hand at dressage, taking part in a demo at Cheltenham racecourse with Charlotte Dujardin.

    He was aboard Hartpury Festival of Dressage Premier League grand prix winner Barolo.

    AP and Charlotte performed flying changes, piaffe, passage and extended trot for the Cheltenham crowd.

    “It’s a different way of riding to everything I was taught. Everything you do as a jockey you wouldn’t do as a dressage rider, but it was a good experience,” he said.

    AP then made his debut on Channel 4 Racing on Saturday (14 November), taking a presenting role, where he received positive reviews from H&H readers.

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