Ever think you’d see Tony McCoy a 25/1 shot, especially in the year in which he rode his 4,000th winner? Well, they’re the odds the greatest-ever steeplechase jockey is been quoted at to be named this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Those odds will contract no doubt, especially if the racing trade paper, the Racing Post, launch a campaign similar to the one of two years ago, when readers were encouraged to vote early and often. It worked then, McCoy becoming the first from the world of racing to be honoured.
It would still require much more – maybe even some of the red tops getting involved - to get the Co Antrim man over the line this time. Heading the market at 1/50 – yes, lay out fifty to win one – is Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, while also higher on the list than McCoy are the likes of Mo Farrah and biker, Chris Froome, whose sport is enjoying something of a renaissance in England of late.
McCoy has a fierce determination to win every race he contests, but this is one he’d probably be happy just to get a place in.