November 5, 2006 at 09:29 #398
I’m losing count of the number of winners I’ve backed due to the sheer perseverence of Tony McCoy.<br>If you’ve backed a horse that he’s riding you know he will do everything to get the horse home for you.<br>He’s ridden more national hunt winners than anybody in history and he’s still booting them home every day of the week.<br>So I reckon it’s once again time to get behind the great man in the Sports personality of the year competition.<br>We did this a few years ago, and he finished 3rd in the competition, this year the opposition is pathetic, and if us racing fans get behind him we can at least ensure that he is in the final shortlist of 10, which will be announced in a few weeks time.
Show your support for the greatest jump jockey ever, by nominating him at this site.
<br>Oh yes, those of you who might like to make it a bit more interesting, might like to take a little bit of the 100/1 that’s available on Betfair first. :biggrin:
The votes of all of us on these internet forums can make an impact, we proved that 3 years ago.November 5, 2006 at 09:41 #30162yeatsParticipant
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I can never understand why people put such great importance on the BBC sports personality of the year.
If Frankies never come close to it, AP’s not a cat in hell’s chance but does it really matter, most racing fans know he’s the best jump jockey ever.November 5, 2006 at 10:23 #30163VenusianParticipant
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I agree entirely.
This cringe-making embarrassment of a programme should have been consigned to the dustbin long ago.November 5, 2006 at 10:28 #30164Shadow LeaderMember
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Get behind Zara Phillips – she is reigning World and European eventing champion having done it on a horse she bought for only Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£400 – and she has a very real chance of winning!
Go Zara!!!!November 5, 2006 at 10:55 #30165seabirdParticipant
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Would you have a vested interest, Shads???;)
Like Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£10k of vested interest!!:biggrin: :cool:
ColinNovember 5, 2006 at 11:48 #30166
If mcCoy hasn’t got a cat in hells chance, how come he finished 3rd a few years ago?<br>I’ll tell you why, it’s because a number of us on these racing forums got together and forced the BBC to put him on the shortlist.<br>Before we decided to do that he was going to be ignored, he never even got a mention on the BBC website that year until we voted in number.
<br>I just thought that if the people who visit this site consider themselves as racing fans, they might like to actually support a racing personality in an event that is quite a big deal to a lot of people.<br>Obviously if it’s too much trouble to spend almost 30 seconds voting for a man who always gives 100% in every race, it’s no wonder horse racing is considered a minority sport.
(Edited by Ted at 11:53 am on Nov. 5, 2006)November 5, 2006 at 11:54 #30167Shadow LeaderMember
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Ok Colin, rumbled!!! :biggrin:
Still it’s one hell of a vested interest to have!!!! :cool:November 5, 2006 at 11:59 #30168davidjohnsonMember
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McCoy might well be the finest sportsman on his generation. But personality? You’re having a laugh.November 5, 2006 at 12:03 #30169PurwellParticipant
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Didn’t Nigel Mansell win it some years ago? He’s not exactly a bundle of joy!November 5, 2006 at 12:08 #30170
Yes, and hasn’t Beckham won it?
He has the personality of a sausage.November 5, 2006 at 12:23 #30171seabirdParticipant
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"Ok Colin, rumbled!!!
Still it’s one hell of a vested interest to have!!!!"
:biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
At the moment it’s a great call Shads and I shall be the first to put pen to paper with my begging letter if the royalty-loving voters come out in force.
By the way that’s not belittling her performance, it’s just that I think you will have to have them voting because it is not the most mainstream sport around.
On the other hand there seem so few worthy candidates that perhaps I will have to get my pen and paper out.
The "personality" side of the title has always been a misnomer as far as I am concerned, so few of the top sportspersons have a well-rounded personality, probably because of the dedication and obsessiveness that is necessary to get to the top in their field.
Good luck with your bet, Shads.
Ted, I have never been able to warm to McCoy and without denigrating his ability I just wonder about the ‘sporting’ side of his character. To me he is a win at all costs character and that may well be fine if you have backed his horse as a punter but at times, mostly in the past I am glad to say, he has ignored the welfare of his mount in his quest of victory.
Obviously this is just my own humble opinion.
ColinNovember 5, 2006 at 12:34 #30172DroneParticipant
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Lost what little interest I had in the tacky little show when the Great British Public daftly voted for Damon Hill ahead of Steve Redgrave.
In motor racing the motor is everything; in horse racing the horse is everything.
My admiration for McCoy is second to none, as it was for Piggott and Cauthen; but like them rightly never destined to win a poll that should, IMO, be concerned with success in a sport achieved solely through individual effort.
Not that it is of course, Princess Anne won it if I recall. Gawd help us.
Yep "sports personality" is an oxymoron
As usual I won’t be watching; Poirot will no doubt be on ITV3 in any case, all else pales.November 5, 2006 at 22:33 #30173PAULCSMember
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<br>McCoy definitely deserves a lot more recognition than he gets from the wider sporting world but he’s hardly had a stand-out year in 2006 has he?
If he were ever going to have a sniff in this, surely it would have been during his record-breaking season of 270+ winners. Might play a leading role if he ever won the National though and same applies to Frankie with the Derby……November 6, 2006 at 08:20 #30174yeatsParticipant
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Quote: from Ted on 11:48 am on Nov. 5, 2006[br]If mcCoy hasn’t got a cat in hells chance, how come he finished 3rd a few years ago?
<br>(Edited by Ted at 11:53 am on Nov. 5, 2006)<br>
He finished 3rd Ted but what what percentage of the vote did he get compared to the top 2? He was still a million miles from winning. I’d be all for it if it was something worthwhile but not the BBC S P, look how their coverage of racing has deteriorated over the years, there used to even be a decent little review on the sports review show, now down to about 60secs and the National & Derby winner might get a mention if we’re lucky.November 6, 2006 at 13:40 #30175
I agree with you, but surely it’s up to horse racing fans to show that there is a lot of interest in the sport.<br>I also agree that McCoy hasn’t had a particularly great season, but who has? He’s still extending his record number of national hunt wins.<br>This year nobody has done anything.<br>Darren Clarke is favourite to win because of the tragic death of his wife, and as sad as that is, it’s no reason for him to be voted Sports personality of the year. I’ve even heard rumours that he has said he won’t accept the award.<br>Then we have Zara Philips. Apparently she has done well in a sport watched by about half a dozen people.<br>McCoy doesn’t have to win, but these votes are to decide the final 10 people, and in a year where nobody has done anything, I think McCoy is worth his place in the top 10. It will also show the BBC that there is a lot of interest in horse racing.
If you can’t vote for McCoy, then vote for some other racing personality, but don’t complain about the lack of coverage racing gets if you can’t even be bothered to take 20 seconds to nominate a racing personality.
(Edited by Ted at 1:45 pm on Nov. 6, 2006)
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