She’s the real Mc­Coy!

Star jockey’s ‘fear­less’ daugh­ter daz­zles in the showjump­ing ring – at 11

Daily Mail - - News - By Eleanor Hay­ward

WHEN your father is the great­est jump jockey ever, you have to aim high to live up to the fam­ily name.

But Sir AP Mc­Coy’s 11-yearold daugh­ter Eve is al­ready prov­ing she is a match for the 20-time cham­pion jockey.

The tal­ented rider daz­zled spec­ta­tors as she flew around a showjump­ing course at a light­ning pace dressed in a Su­per­woman cos­tume.

Her im­pres­sive per­for­mance at the Liver­pool In­ter­na­tional Horse Show last month prompted Sir Anthony, known as AP, to joke: ‘ Looks like I brought home the right baby!’

Eve was praised for her ‘fear­less’ dis­play in the fancy-dress re­lay event, which sees young rid­ers pair up with celebrity showjumpers, with her team go­ing on to fin­ish sixth.

She cleared all the jumps on her pony Izzy at break­neck pace, while the com­men­ta­tor said: ‘Look at this! It’s like the Grand Na­tional – look at the speed!’

Eve, el­dest child of the jockey and his wife Chanelle, sets her alarm at 6am ev­ery day to ride be­fore school and said she will ‘keep prac­tis­ing un­til I reach the Olympics’. She said: ‘My dream is to ride in the Los An­ge­les Olympics in 2028. All I want is to get a gold medal like Nick Skel­ton in the Olympics be­cause that’s the big­gest showjump­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the world.’

Her father, 44, pre­vi­ously called Eve his ‘mir­a­cle’ baby when she was con­ceived through IVF af­ter the Ir­ish­man was told he was in­fer­tile be­cause of his regime of sit­ting in hot baths to sweat away weight.

Eve, who lives with five-yearold brother Archie at the fam­ily’s home in New­bury, Berk­shire, trav­els across the coun­try to take part in showjump­ing com­pe­ti­tions ev­ery week­end.

Her father said: ‘She loves com­pet­ing and she’s got plenty of bot­tle, which you can’t teach a kid. I see traits in her that I have – she’s not a great loser and she gets up­set with her­self. Even when it goes wrong or I shout at her, she comes back for more.’

The 20-time cham­pion re­tired in 2015 af­ter rid­ing more than 4,300 win­ners. He was given an OBE in 2010 and knighted in 2016.

Left: With her par­ents in 2010 when en her father re­ceived his OBE OBE. Right: Her father in ac­tion

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