McCoy pays tribute to McNamara


Tony McCoy has described JT McNamara as a "fantastic person, fantastic jockey and a fantastic human being" in a moving tribute to the Irishman, who has died at the age of 41.

McNamara was paralysed following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival three years ago and it was announced on Tuesday that he had passed away in the night.

The popular McNamara rode four winners at the Cheltenham Festival and was widely regarded as one of the top amateur jockeys.

Twenty-time champion McCoy spoke of his devastation at the news of McNamara's passing.

"I would hate for him to be looking down on me at this moment in time because I've done nothing but cry all morning." he told BBC 5 live.

"He was every bit as experienced as me and talented as I am and he had a fall.

"I'll never forget that day for the rest of my life. The doctor Adrian McGoldrick pulled me to one side because I'm president of the Injured Jockeys Fund in England and said to me 'he's not very good, he's been resuscitated and it's touch and go whether he's going to make it or not'. It's a memory that will stick with me forever.

"He was a very tough man. Very mentally tough and has been for the last three and a half years since the accident. He was a brilliant man and a brilliant amateur jockey.

"The last three and a half years have been tough for him and his family - his wife was unbelievable for him. It is a sad day.

"He made the best of it and tried to make it easy for others around him.

"I know he would like us to remember to good days. I'd like him to be remembered as a fantastic person, fantastic jockey and a fantastic human being."