McCoy a no-hoper in SPOTY 2013

Not this year Tony

Not this year Tony

There are few opportunities to back Tony McCoy at 50/1, and a few punters were quick to snap up the one that came up yesterday. The market has surely got it right, and for once it’s a foregone conclusion that McCoy won’t be coming home first.

The market in question is that for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. There’s a delicious irony that in the first year we don’t see any racing on the Beeb it has had to acknowledge the jockey’s historic achievement in reaching 4,000 winners.

The short list of ten sporty types was announced on The One Show last night, and that McCoy was third favourite at 50/1 when the betting opened goes to show that there’s as nailed on a certainty elsewhere as there ever has been. That, of course, is Andy Murray, whose success in the Men’s Wimbledon Championship was the first British triumph since Fed Perry in 1936. That in itself deserves to be recognised with the SPOTY trophy, and to reinforce Murray’s position, his win was in a tournament the BBC won’t ever give up televising willingly.

Although McCoy has shortened in the betting to 33/1, his chance of repeating his 2010 success and becoming the fourth dual winner of the award, following in the footsteps of Sir Henry Cooper, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill are zilch.

The only reason to watch the programme on 15 December is to relive some of the sporting moments of the year. The only question is can the BBC find some footage of McCoy’s ride on Mountain Tunes at Towcester?

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