A BUDDING JOCKEY from Letterkenny had his Christmas made after being invited to spend a few days with 20-time Champion Jockey AP McCoy.
Twelve-year-old Dylan Browne McMonagle, from the Mountain Top, will spend time with the legendary McCoy in February.
Browne McMonagle came to prominance in August at the Dingle Racing Festival, where he rode three winners.
Aboard Lets Go, he won the Dingle Whiskey Distillery Race while he also led Lets Go to glory in the Dawn Milk Dingle Derby and he won the Barr Na Sráide Race on All About Chris.
Following his success in Dingle, Jonny Madderson from Just So Productions traveled to Ireland to put together a short film – Five Stone Of Lead – about Browne McMonagle, which is included below.
The film was posted online and caught McCoy’s eye.
Dylan is a 12 year old and this is worth watching https://t.co/BQiCYBhAxe
— AP McCoy (@AP_McCoy) December 11, 2015
McCoy’s wife, Chanelle, telephoned Dylan’s mother, Caroline Browne, and invited him over. The quick-thinking Caroline asked for an email invite, which she printed out and kept under wraps until Christmas Day.
“Dylan is very excited and can’t wait to travel over and spend time with the champ,” Caroline told Donegal Sport Hub.
It is hoped that Browne McMonagle can travel to England on his mid-term break in February.
“My dream is to be Champion Jockey,” Browne McMonagle, who weighs just under five stone, said.
“I have to carry five stone and two pounds of lead because I’m so light.”