RACING pundit John McCririck has revealed he believes Northern Ireland jockey Tony McCoy is the worldâ€™s greatest sportsman.
The Channel 4 star, whoâ€™s headed for Belfast later this month, said he believed there was noone who could ever rival the Antrim star.
He added: â€œWhen you think about all the sportsmen like Ronaldo and such like, just look at what this man McCoy has done.
“Thirteen times champion jockey, the injury threat he has had every day for years, I just don’t believe we’ll see his like again.
“With him it is his will to win that the public has latched on to. He is absolutely determined to win and he gives every horse a ride, whether it is a Monday at Ludlow or the first day of the Cheltenham Festival.â€
John, who is to host the St Patrickâ€™s Day Races at Down Royal, added that he was looking forward to arriving in Northern Ireland.
â€œThere are only two words to describe why Iâ€™m looking forward to spending St Patrickâ€™s Day in Northern Ireland â€“ the craic.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to going to the event and the races because racing in Ireland has a very special heritage. I was in Northern Ireland briefly last year but havenâ€™t had the chance to stay over in a while.â€
However, a self-professed failed gamble, John admits he wonâ€™t be placing any bets this year, but has his heart set on buying a share of a horse- â€œany kind will do.â€