I am still shell shocked by the news of AP's retirement and can't really quite believe it. Future generations will find it hard to believe what he achieved because it will never happen again. This generation of racing fans have seen someone really special and it has been a privilege.Tim Pinneyat 11:32 PM yesterday
wish my football team had 11 tony mc coys,the drive,the hunger,amazing riding ability and will to win.he has the all round package and we will never see the like again.good luck in your retirement,well earned and deserved.Michaelat 9:57 PM yesterday
Always been great to watch and love watching him ride, winning races that no one else was capable of!
However my abiding memory is of him stopping to sign my nine year old son's race card on a cold wet damp January afternoon at Ludlow, with a smile on his face.
My son, 22 now, hero worshipped him from then on and was as speechless as me watching channel 4 this afternoon!
All best wishes to him for the future, I am sure he will be a success!Stephen Kempat 8:38 PM yesterday
Simply the best!!! A few more winners before the season finishes please AP.....they'll need to build another new grandstand at Cheltenham after a McCoy festival win brings the house down!Grahamat 8:43 PM yesterday
The personification of drive and determination. And a class act as a human being. Jump racing will be poorer for his absence.Mary Pittat 8:27 PM yesterday
Absolute legend and inspiration followed his whole career amazing jockey good luck in the future apjay bennettat 8:37 PM yesterday
A pleasure to have worked with you while riding horses for my father jeff,watching racing without you in them won't be quite the same. Enjoy retirement & valuable family time all the best for the future.David kingat 6:59 PM
A P should be knighted. He's an absolute legend.Andyat 7:19 PM
The best ride A P ever gave a horse was Pridwell at Aintree when he overturned Istabraq.Lenat 7:22 PM
Of course we will miss him wreaking his mad magic on a daily basis as from gaff track to festival fleshpot he boots home the good, simply ordinary or plain unwilling. He has always been great at changing the mind of the ones who don’t fancy it.
But we will regret more than the professional passing of a jockey. For all the congregation who form the magnificently broad church of jumping, McCoy has has become part of life’s furniture – not some vacuous celebrity – but that epochal rarity a genuine sporting hero.
A legend what an era for me to be a national hunt fan, surely a knighthood is likely, we must petition for this.Gary Keepat 6:22 PM
Stunned - but so glad I have been around to witness the greatest jump jockey ever to look between the ears of a horse. Total legend. The complete horseman, and a gentleman to boot. No airs and graces, just a genuine man who loves his job. He will be sorely missed, but I wish him a long, happy retirement, and thank you A P for all the wonderful memories. Heres to a great Cheltenham !Phil Traversat 6:16 PM
McCoy fell at the first in the following race, however
Tony McCoy winning on Mr Mole immediately before his shock announcement
This is without a doubt, the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I’ve been dreading this day, and if I’m honest, I still can’t quite imagine a life without racing. However, I know it’s the right time to end a career I’ve loved, every single day. Even when I’ve fallen and been injured, I’ve been desperate to get back and achieve my goals, achieve the dream I realised when I was a boy but I’m now ready to retire. I want to finish my career as Champion Jockey, and I want to finish on a win. I don’t know when that will be exactly, but 20 Championship titles is a nice even number. But, I’m not done just yet – I’ve got the Cheltenham Festival to focus on now and I’ll take it from there. There have been a lot of people who have helped me throughout my whole career who I want to thank. I will be forever indebted to them, they have helped make all my dreams come true.