The bravery and determination of AP McCoy and Synchronised battling through
atrocious conditions to win the Midlands National is etched forever in my mind and heart.Thank you AP for 20 wonderful, nail-biting, superb, unmissable and unrepeatable years.Judyat 4:03 PM
Thanks for so many fabulous years of thrills and spills. You have constantly amazed us and we are eternily grateful and wish you well xtwrenaaat 9:05 PM yesterday
The records will show that you were the greatest NH jockey of all time...those of us lucky enough to have met you a couple of times know you're simply a great manStuartKApr 23, 2015 at 5:52 PM
A top jockey can nurture a horse, school it and give invaluable feedback to a trained. AP McCoy does all of this and more. But the ultimate purpose of a horse race is to win. AP has done that significantly more than any other jockey. He didn't always have the privilege of his pick of rides and when he has, it is simply because he earned that right. A colossus of our sport.Course-specialistApr 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM
Sandown in the sunshine or Rasen in the rain the commitment was the same. The sport will be poorer with you gone but thanks thanks for memories Champ, they are worth more than anything I ever won.Phil TuttyApr 23, 2015 at 5:07 PM
I have a long haul flight on Saturday, when I get off of the plane Tony McCoy won't be a jockey anymore. I don't want to get off of that plane.
Thanks ChampLee O'CallaghanApr 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM
Unsinkable Boxer at the fest McCoy turning around in saddle waving whip rest of the field floundering brilliantJohn foleyApr 23, 2015 at 3:32 PM
I will keep it short and simple, the word 'LEGEND' is not an enough accolade to describe my main man McCoy.
He's a SuperHero, up there with Superman, Spider-Man, Ironman, etc, etc. It will dawn on us later, when we don't see his name on the 'Horse and Jockey' pages of the Racing Post, how much we will miss him.
Bro, you've done us proud and done your bit for racing in general. I wish you well and hope the next stage of your life is equally as successful. Thanks for the memories. Enjoy your life and take good care of yourself and your family. Here's from the East London 'Posse'. Take care Bro and farewell.Thomas AjenifujaApr 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM
All the very best A.P. Britain's finest Sports Person ever.1898FrattonApr 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM
Synchronised was just AP all over. Incredible jockey , the likes we will never see again. Will be very strange without the Champ! Good luck AP!! We will miss you!ConorLaneSmithApr 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM
Good Luck on your retirement AP. You rode your 4,000th winner at Towcester, the next day you have one ride at Southwell in the bumper a true champion. Thank Tony. For me your best ride the late Synchronised in the Gold Cup.Michael GinnellyApr 22, 2015 at 6:39 PM
The champ waves his whip in celebration on Well Chief after the pair won the Arkle Chase from Kicking King at the 2004 Cheltenham Festival
This one sticks in my mind, I did have to check on the date though; 11th April 2006, novice chase at Fontwell. AP riding The Local for Charles Egerton. I was the box driver that day.
Never before had I seen such a reluctant, bone idle horse on a racecourse as The Local was that day. AP went out to make all, The Local went out to do as little as possible.
Coming down hill to the cross fence, I had my heart in my mouth, The Local was going backwards and if he could, he would have been saying "we can slow down here and add a couple of strides here".
AP in full drive was having none of it and drove him with the force of gravity to the right spot at that fence. Had he missed, it would have been a disaster but as usual he didn't and he won by a neck.
There was no roaring crowd, it was an ordinary Tuesday. There was nothing ordinary about that riding performance. It was the first time I thought "Wow, that AP, he's extraordinary"JuliaBApr 22, 2015 at 5:15 PM
It’s not just in the big Saturday races where McCoy made such an impact. Take a look at the frequently raced hurdler and one time chaser Award Winner who has never been rated above 125. After he was purchased by JP McManus he ran 56 times for trainer Brendan Powell.
When ridden by McCoy he was 8/26 (30.8%)
For the other nine jockeys who rode him in that period he was 0/30 (0.0%)
Surely just another example of why McCoy is one of the greatest sportsmen ever!Scott BroughApr 22, 2015 at 5:14 PM
DETERMINATION thats what AP MCCOY possesed in being above everything else.vincent chircopApr 22, 2015 at 5:12 PM
Thank you Tony for all the wonderful moments. have a great retirement with your loving family.Diane Deuchar FawcettApr 22, 2015 at 5:12 PM
I'm lucky enough to have met AP a couple times whilst he's been racing at Perth. Always had time for his fans, such a gentleman! Going to be sorely missed!Alishaat 8:10 AM
Wichita Lineman at Cheltenham God himself wouldn't have got that horse to win that day. Genius of a man, a gentleman the best jockey of all time a loss to the sport of kings best of luck in the future AP a living legendJohnny LaneApr 21, 2015 at 10:44 AM
I'd just like to wish you a long,healthy and happy retirement.You have been a fantastic ambassador for your sport.My regards also to your wife and family and continued success in your future endeavours.Tom O'ConnorApr 21, 2015 at 10:42 AM
Lovely to see A.P stopping, signing autographs and posing with fans for pictures in the short time he has left in racing! Hold on he has always had time for his fans because though a legend he has always been an approachable CHAMP. Thanks for being a humble/normal superstar and posing with me at Fontwell when retirement was not even thought about. All the best Sir!mike bet n tipat 10:56 AM
THAT Wichita Lineman ride at Cheltenham, typifies an AP never give up ridejonniedeeApr 20, 2015 at 4:37 PM
I will always remember the ride he gave the late great synchronised in the gold cup
A race that sums him up wonderfully.
He showed great Determination, will, and drive and even sheer guts and power to claw his way back through the field after looking well beaten a long way out , he never stopped believing when many would of accepted defeat.
He pushed away and rallied Synchronised to a point where it was like the horse even believed he could win.
They battled away and pulled off one of the most remarkable victories I've ever seen and even McCoy himself has it down as one of his favourite moments.
I will be going to the jumps finale at sandown to see the 20 times champ for quite possibly his last ever ride and I will be showing my appreciation for an icon of the sport.
have a great retirement A.P.SH0ttiesat 9:57 PM yesterday
All the best Ap and sincerely hope you have as much enjoyment in retirement as you have given us racing fans for decadestony deanon April 15 at 8:06 PM
As a complete jump racing nut, AP has been part of my life for the last 20 years . I could never tire of watching him - his talent , strength , bravery and will to win are simply awe inspiring. Thank you for the thrills and memories AP and for being such a wonderful ambassador for a sport we all love.Caro1966at 8:34 AM
The champ jumps the last aboard French Opera (centre, dark blue) to land the 2011 Celebration Chase at Sandown.
Picture: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
There maybe more stylish jockeys than Ap but there will never be a jockey who wins races more times on horses that should not be winning, a never say die attitude to marvel at. Less knowledgable betting shop punters may moan every time he gets beat but when you out your money on Ap you knew every single time that you would have a man trying to win every single race.tony deanat 8:05 PM yesterday
Genghis ridden by Tony McCoy makes all the running to win the John Smith's No Nonsense Handicap Hurdle Race on Grand National Day at Aintree in 2005
One of earliest, and most vivid, memories of AP was in early 1990s, at Sandown, on a freezing, dull January afternoon in the parade ring. He'd clearly starved to make the Saturday-fancy "handicap weight" and looked gaunt, grey-faced and, frankly, ill. When he came in --having won, naturally -- mud-splattered but triumphant, only then did I begin to get an inkling of just what an awesome, unbelievably committed rider was among us. Legend is an over-used word in sport; in his case, it's barely adequate.Lee RichardsonApr 15, 2015 at 11:13 AM
Absolute Sporting Legend in the Sport of Kings... So glad that I got to watch him ride live on numerous occasions!! Good luck AP in the future & you will be missed. Thank you for so many wonderful memories.garyand07at 8:49 PM yesterday