McCoy on brink of 4,000 winners
Tony McCoy celebrates winning the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, north-west England on April 10, 2010
The Northern Irishman, Britain's champion jockey over fences for a record-breaking 18 consecutive seasons, needs just two winners from three rides at Exeter, south-west England, to hit the 4,000 mark.
McCoy, 39, took his career rally to 3,998 with a double at Kempton, south-west of London, on Monday courtesy of victories for Captain Cutter and Foundation Man.
Now two more successes at Exeter, where he rode his first British winner on Chickabiddy on September 7, 1994, would see him rewrite the record books once again.
When Stan Mellor became the first jump jockey to ride 1,000 winners in 1971, his feat was considered astounding.
Yet Mellor's record was subsequently broken by John Francome (1138 wins), Peter Scudamore (1678) and Richard Dunwoody (1,699).
But none has a record to compare to that of McCoy.
Assessing his prospects of making more racing history at Exeter, McCoy said Tuesday: "I wouldn't say they are good chances. Flemenson is probably the best one."
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained Flemenson bids to make it two wins from two races over fences in the opening novice hurdle at the Devon venue, while McCoy also rides Keen Eye in a similar event and Well Hello There, also trained by O'Neill -- for whom he rode his only Grand National winner on Don't Push It in 2010 -- in a handicap chase.
Although there are jockeys in major racing nations with more winners to their name, they tend to be flat-race specialists, whose careers are generally longer and who are at far less risk of injuring themselves through heavy falls than those who ride over fences such as McCoy.