It’ll be very sad to see him go – I just said to him now it’s the last time I’ll ride against him. It’s very sad, we’ve sat close to each other for the last number of years and it’s sad day for racing.
McCoy (white cap) finishing third on his penultimate ride
Box Office is well named, and it’d be nice, but he’s run at Cheltenham and Aintree. Hopefully he’s got a chance, but I couldn’t have picked a more competitive race to go out on. I’ve dreamed all my life so I’ll dream one more time.
The reception he got earlier needed to be seen to be believed. I don’t think there was a person here who wasn’t around the parade ring and if they weren’t there, they were trying to get there.AP is just different. When you ask him to do something, he doesn’t just become involved he gets committed. If it’s in a seller or a Gold Cup, if you employ him you’re going to get your money’s worth.
I felt very honoured when he wanted me to ride for him. I had a very good job with the Pipes – pretty much anyone riding for them would’ve been champion jockey and JP was ambitious. I knew he had a great interest in racing and he’s the greatest supporter of jump racing we have. I started off as his employee and as time went on we’ve become great friends. It’s so much easier to enjoy what you do and be successful at it if you like the people you’re doing it with.
McCoy, teeth gritted on Mr Mole, in a position we sadly won't see him in much more
All good things come to an end and there’s a great crowd here to see him and wish him well. To set out as 16-year-old at Jim Bolger’s and have every dream in the world and to fulfil those dreams and walk out that door now for your last ride 20-odd years later and walk away on your own terms is amazing.He's so bloody good at everything he does and has no floors. I guess when the top man is that good it inspires everyone else to try to get there.
It’s quite a sad day really – he’s been one of my best friends for a long time – but it’s great to ride a winner though. It’s an amazing day for him and he’s the one we should all be looking at.He’s been a great friend and I couldn’t sit next to a better fella. I’ve got 20 years of great memories and we’ll be friends for a long time.
That's it: McCoy after weighing in for the final time
The way he rode that, he’ll never ride for me again!
It’s amazing. I can’t believe all these people have turned out.
It’s amazing here today. The reception he’s got and the send-off has been incredible. I think it’s richly deserved even though he might be a bit embarrassed and shy. He’s so dedicated to the sport and when I think of all the hot baths and nights he’s spent in a hospital or being hungry, it’s all been worth it when you come here today.I think in the bottom of his heart he’s so chuffed with the send-off he’s got. He’s enjoyed the last six to eight weeks and is dreadfully going to miss it. Yesterday was the first day he showed some emotion when he realised he’d get the leg up for the last time.
Tony McCoy did not get the bombastic finale we all wanted for him, but it hardly seemed to matter. He was cheered to the heavens like he had just won the Grand National each time he passed the grandstand.Walking into the weighing room for the final time the emotions of the day were clear to see on the champ's face. McCoy may be a legendary hardman and as tough as teak, but it would be hard not to be moved by today, not to mention the rather more important fact a career that has consumed every waking moment for most of his life has just come to a close. McCoy, and racing, will need some time to adjust to that new reality.
Someone's going to ride more winners than me. All records get broken. I hope I'm dead, though.
Andrew Thornton, another of McCoy’s great mates, says well done and farewell after the champ’s final ride
It’s been a privilege to watch AP ride for the last 23 years. He’s a legend and I count myself incredibly lucky to call him a friend. I would have loved to see him go out with a winner, but he’s had one hell of a career and I wish him all the best for the future.
Tony McCoy has cost the bookies millions over the year, but it's been money well spent as his horsemanship has attracted so many new followers to the sport and it's a crying shame that he's not gone out with a winner.
This time next year I’d hope to be no heavier than 11st. I like being fit and feeling fit. I don’t even have a job to go to so there’s no reason for me not to go the gym.
McCoy: "There were tears coming back on Box Office. There were nearly tears going out on Box Office."
Richard Johnson helped me achieve what I achieved. We've been the greatest rivals and the greatest friends.