It’s the real McCoy as champion jockey switches rides

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It’s not a story we would normally run, but we loved the images so much we just had to…

Heathrow Airport today announced that 16-time champion jockey AP McCoy had swapped his horse for a ride-on suitcase to compete in the first-ever ‘Trunki’ race at Heathrow to launch the airport’s programme of summer activities.


McCoy, who was voted 2010 UK Sports Personality of the Year and received his OBE from the Queen last month, was outridden by his three year-old daughter Eve but both were eventually pipped to the post by winner Chloe Milton, also aged three.


The airport held the Trunki race to signal the start of the summer getaway season. It boasted a range of family-friendly initiatives to make the airport experience as stress-free as possible – though I’m not sure having to dodge a tribe of manically aggressive three year-olds on Trunkis just before the perils of central security could be described as stress-free.


Heathrow is expecting more than 13.7 million people to pass through its doors in July and August of which 9.2 million are families and leisure passengers. Kids will be able to eat for free in selected restaurants, a commendable initiative. Let’s just hope they leave their Trunkis outside.