Being AP

Synopsis: 'Being AP' premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2015, and documents one of Northern Ireland's greatest ever sportsmen during his last racing season. The story of AP's final season is a fascinating mix of sacrifice, doubt, decisions, triumphs and failures, injury and ultimately, finding a way to leave the stage. With unprecedented access to a top athlete, the film tracks all the elements that make up McCoy's life. We see him in action at racecourses across the UK and Ireland. We are with him at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree. We see him struggling with injury at home, setting himself new targets and grappling with the decision whether to retire or not. We track the successful early part of the season, when AP harbours the outrageous idea of riding 300 winners in a season. We see the shattering effect of injury on body and psyche. We witness the torment of deciding whether this is to be his last season, and we are there as he goes through the public agony of playing out his retirement
Director(s): Anthony Wonke
Actors: Tony McCoy
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

It's like being an addict,

I'm an addict to my way of life

because it's like a drug.

I'm an addict to riding horses,

I'm an addict to winning...

But it wears off and then you have to go

chasing it again.

It's all about winning,

that's what you're really addicted to.

That's why you go chasing that...

That kick that sort of makes it different.

I don't know where

the excitement comes from,

just the riding and

jumping the fences and...

With lots of other horses around you.

You know that there's not much room,

you don't get to see much,

there's horses falling around you.

I suppose near the end, I suppose

the adrenaline is in winning,

you know, I mean, that's all it's about,

it's all about winning.

I think you have to have goals in life,

you know,

you have to have something to chase,

you have to chase the thing

that you can't ever catch.

I don't think I was ever really content

with my life,

because no matter how you have a go at it,

no matter how much you try, you can't...

You can't be as good as you want to be.

Previous injuries?

Erm, cheekbone.

Okay, left or right?

Left, yeah, because I never really

got the feeling back.

Left collarbone, twice I think.

Shoulder blade... Can't remember which one.

- Sternum.

- Yeah.

The ribs are... They've

all had a go I think.

My back is fused from T...

9 to 12.

Done broke my right arm, um,

radius and ulna.

- Both at the same time?

- Both at the same time.

- Okay.

- My right wrist as well.

My left tib and fib.

I think I always get

kicked there a few times,

- that's all that is.

- Oh, dear.

And my right ankle, I think.

Never had a concussion?

- I've had lots of bangs on the head,

- Yeah.

But I've always been able to function

and know where I am.

Yeah, okay.

Hands on the side of your thighs.

As my career developed and I was

lucky enough to become successful, I...

It... It became a bit of a numbers thing,

you know?

When I started off,

I wanted to be champion jockey,

and when I was champion jockey then I,

you know, wanted to ride more winners

then any jump jockey had ridden before.

In 2002, I was able to do that,

I rode, 289 winners in that season.

Then you want to, you want to win

more jockey's championships

then any other jump jockey has before,

and you want to ride more winners than

any other jump jockey has before, and...

Um, when I rode 3,000 winners,

I actually thought,

I will be able to ride 4,000 winners,

I had it in my head,

I thought this is achievable, you know?

But as I say,

to be champion jockey 18 times,

to ride 4,000 winners is incomparable.

Crispin is out

in front here, Crispin from Panama Petrus.

Mountain Tunes still staying on, surely

he can't, can he? The final hurdle...

And there jumps Crispin

and Mountain Tunes and Tony McCoy

now launching a tremendous attack

on the outside. He's done it!

What a hero! What a sportsman!

What a jockey!

4,000 up for Tony McCoy on Mountain Tunes,

who played Crispin late and Panama Petrus

back in third place.

The thing about records

is they always get broken, you know,

they always get broken.

So I want to make it as tough as possible

for whoever is breaking them, you know?

Because in, you know, in 20 years' time

if someone is champion jockey

for the twentieth time, I'll be 60,

or when I'm dead and buried,

at least it won't annoy me.

Okay, we're going this way.

Evie, sweet... Sweet pea,

can you stay with me? Thank you.

Put your thing on.

Right, please... Please stay with me.

Right beside me.

Our award for

this season's champion jockey.

He's been the champion every year since he

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