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Letter: Record gave us all a great lift.

Byline: Lee Amaitis

Lee Amaitis, president and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald International, sponsors of Tony McCoy, with a glowing tribute

IT is almost impossible to put into words the feeling of respect, adulation and elation I, and for that matter anyone connected with or devoted to racing, feel towards AP McCoy's incredible achievement in beating Sir Gordon Richards' all-time record of 269 winners in a season.

To achieve that goal as a Flat jockey is an amazing

effort by any standards, but for a jump jockey even to get close, let alone surpass it, is just beyond belief. I salute him!

McCoy deserves all the

success in the world for his

talent, his bravery, his focus and selfless and passionate commitment to the cause.

He is at the height of his abilities and a great credit to his profession.

I cannot begin to express how privileged we at Cantor Fitzgerald feel in being associated with him in this record year.

There have been some great National Hunt champions in the past - Fulke Walwyn, Fred Winter, Aubrey Brabazon, John Francome, Peter Scudamore and Richard Dunwoody.

But even if all or any of them had been racing under the same conditions as McCoy, I am confident he would have seen them all off.

I personally want to thank him publicly for giving so much joy and pleasure to so many people within the Cantor Fitzgerald group, in what has been a particularly difficult year for them.

He has provided them with some hope and inspiration for the future. All that is

required now is for `AP' to ride 300 winners next year and win the Grand National. That's not much to ask!

LEE AMAITIS

President & CEO

Cantor Fitzgerald International

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 7, 2002
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