Animal Aid

Say 'NO!' to Jockey AP McCoy as BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Posted 10 December 2010

National campaign group Animal Aid is calling on sports fans not to vote for jockey Tony McCoy as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Fourteen of McCoy’s mounts have either been killed or have died underneath him since the national campaign group began recording racecourse deaths in March 2007. Four of those victims perished this year.

This death rate is amongst the worst for any jockey in British racing, according to the Animal Aid statistics.

McCoy was nominated for the prestigious television award following a concerted campaign by the racing industry to boost interest in a declining sport. The winner will be announced on 19th December live on BBC Television.

Says Dene Stansall, Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant:

‘The BBC Sports Personality of the Year should be someone who young people can look up to and be inspired by. Jockey Tony McCoy cannot in any way fulfil this role. His shocking association with at least 14 race horse deaths in what he knows is a lethal sport must be brought to the public’s attention.’

The horses ridden by McCoy who died are as follows:

  • Diaco - 7 Nov 2010 - Market Rasen - Broke Leg, Destroyed
  • Pine Rock - 12 Oct 2010 - Huntingdon - Broke Down, Destroyed
  • Whatdoyoucallit - 19 Sept 2010 - Plumpton - Fatal Fall
  • Off Gallivanting - 21 July 2010 - Worcester - Injured, Destroyed
  • Night Cru - 27 Sept 2009 - Market Rasen - Fatal Fall
  • Olay Olay - 19 July 2009 - Newton Abbot - Severed Tendon, Destroyed
  • Masjoor - 12 May 2009 - Newton Abbot - Broke Leg, Destroyed
  • Baron Breeze - 11 May 2009 - Towcester - Broke Leg, Destroyed
  • Fier Normand - 15 April 2009 - Cheltenham - Broke Leg, Destroyed
  • Exotic Dancer - 2 April 2009 - Aintree - Collapsed and Died
  • Nor Nor East - 1 Jan 2009 - Cheltenham - Collapsed and Died
  • Hear Me Out - 20 July 2008 - Stratford - Injured, Destroyed
  • Rajayoga - 25 June 2008 - Worcester - Fell, Killed Instantly
  • It’s The Limit - 11 June 2007 - Newton Abbot - Broke Down, Destroyed


More information

  • For full background and interviews, contact Andrew Tyler or Dene Stansall on 01732 364546.
  • An ISDN line is available for broadcast-quality interviews

Notes to editors

  • View our powerful 90-second web film, showing racecourse fatalities
  • Animal Aid is the only organisation providing a comprehensive database recording the fate of Thoroughbreds. The British Horseracing Authority, the industry’s regulatory body, refuses to make public the names and numbers of horses killed in racing. Animal Aid research indicates that, every year, around 420 race horses are killed on racecourses or during training. But well-placed industry sources have indicated that the true figure is even higher.

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