What more can be said about the greatest, AP McCoy.He has records that will probably never be broken and he deserves them for what he has done for racing,Going to be so strange seeing another jockey at the top of the winners table after 20 years of AP supremacy,an absolute legend and i,m sure whatever he does in the future he will give it his all.FritzmanMay 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM
Best ride Witchita without a doubt. Also a true gent, always got time for autographs and photos. Should have had my photo done with him but missed it due to being in hospital.GrahamMay 1, 2015 at 5:12 PM
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.TeddyMay 1, 2015 at 5:12 PM
Like 'ARKLE' The best chaser ever - A P the BEST JOCKEY EVER. We will never see a jump jockey as good as him again. Happy RetirementGarry Mc AuliffeMay 1, 2015 at 2:48 PM
My pal and I were lucky enough to have a game of golf arranged with AP and Francs at The Berkshire. Come the day it was lashing down with rain and I thought it would be called off but AP insisted we played so our day was not spoilt. We had a great game despite the conditions and I count myself lucky to have spent a day in his company, oh, and Francs too!!!Dave DennisApr 30, 2015 at 6:29 PM
Tony Mcoy is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting I met Tony when he was just starting out as a professional jockey, he was a gentleman then and is a gentleman now, which to me says everything about the man, he is a genius that is a word I very rarely say, to achieve what he has achieved over I do not know how many obstacles in his illustrious career is testament to the man, 4,000 plus winners as a jump jockey is phenomenal, a feat which will never be surpassed in my lifetime and many others I have been in horseracing all of my life, and am proud to witness this great man, the only jockey to win the sports personality of the year award in 2010, says everything of this great man, he should win it again this year but I would like to see him knighted, have a wonderful retirement CHAMP.Tony HindMay 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM
No one will ever forget what you did I hope you enjoy your retirement and your time with your Family who I know are very proud of you but I don't think we have and hope Have not seen the last of you good luck AP in what ever you do in the future and thanks firstname.lastname@example.orgApr 30, 2015 at 6:28 PM
AP McCoy all of what you did is brilliant from Day 1 till the days bring the sunset down xxxxxxxjohnnyApr 30, 2015 at 6:28 PM
Hexham Racecourse was always honoured and delighted to welcome the Master when AP came north to ride. We all know that we will never see such genius again in our lifetimes. Our staff and customers wish AP all the luck in the world and we will miss you. Lynn Clemitson General ManagerHexham RacecourseApr 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM
Loved watching him never give up however far behind he was. Best wishes to him and all his family...... You are making new memories now. No one will ever compare xJanice and alanApr 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM
I will admit I was never a big fan of AP's as I always thought him a far better jockey over hurdles than he was over fences and with fences being my specialty I probably don't have the same perception of him as others. Having said all this, have to admire him for his longevity, dedication, strength and determination. He did me a lot of good turns over the years and I'll remember him especially for Synchronised in the Gold Cup. AP - wish you well in your retirement. You've done a lot for NH racing and it will be a big whole to fill.SanjbuddApr 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM
AP for us was the best jump jockey, xx the boys in the bookies + boy did you stuff them sometimes!! xxxxxjohnnyApr 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM
well champ, I was a part owner of flying patriarch, the horse who dislocated your thumb at Folkestone a few years ago!!!,I can say 'Ive had the greatest jockey ride my horse to the start,an honour AP and privlage even though he was a non runner!.lol. Hope you can enjoy your retirement.monty stevensApr 30, 2015 at 5:53 PM
I'll never forget his ride on Eudipe in the 1999 Grand National!WhatsallthisaboutApr 30, 2015 at 5:29 PM
Since welling up watching you well up after your final ride, I have been in such deep thought about the career AP McCoy has had and I believe in the history of Sport there has never been such a man to dominate for the length of time you have, you are simply the best to ever grace the Sport of Kings and I find myself so very lucky to have witnessed you as long as I did, enjoy retirement AP, but if you ever feel the need to get the buzz again, don't hesitate in ignoring your wife's wishes and dropping JP a call. All the best.WillApr 30, 2015 at 5:29 PM
well champ, I was a part owner of flying patriarch, the horse who dislocated your thumb at Folkestone a few years ago!!!,I can say 'Ive had the greatest jockey ride my horse to the start,an honour AP and privlage even though he was a non runner!.lol. Hope you can enjoy your retirement.monty stevensat 2:52 PM
He rode Prizefighter for us. What a top man - he didn't give us any rubbish about the horses ability ( or rather lack of it ). Told it as it was. Truly professional and a pleasure to have met if only briefly.brianat 10:14 AM
Had the joy of meeting AP!!! Was at Towcester i asked him for a pic and autograph, He told me he had to see the owners of the horse he was riding first and would be back!!! Without fail he returned and gave me the thumbs up from a distance and had a pic and autograph lovely bloke and a absolute great man!!!!!!!!!! Happy retirement!!!!Tipster1000at 9:18 PM yesterday
ill never forget ap's ride on Darkness almost from last to first burst through the field and delighted as knew horse and jockey had the ability just had to grind it out, albertas run, brave inca and exotic dancer, among fav wins edredon bleuemeraldpegasusat 4:20 AM
Such a lovely family with so much dignity and humility in the face of so much to be proud of. Enjoy 'your time' now.Steve BApr 28, 2015 at 6:37 PM
Farewell, Champ.RyanApr 28, 2015 at 6:35 PM
What more can I add to what has already been said about the Champ? Except that he is a talent that will be missed for many years to come. Jump racing has witnessed one of the finest horsemen ever to grace the tracks. Admired not just for his jockeymanship and the ability to attain wins were others have tried and failed, but also for his sportsmanship when in defeat and his overall charisma. I will miss him greatly from watching him race and working in the industry alike. Tomorrow will be a very sad day for the sport, but the enigma that is AP McCoy will live on for many years to come. Well done AP you have done us all proud :)CarolineApr 28, 2015 at 6:35 PM
In my time the most dedicated of all time , his records will never be broken' to be at the top in UK , NH for 20 years , is simply unbelievable and as a jumps jockey to break Sir Gordon Richards record of winners , unthinkable , well done AP , your a legend , hope to meet you one day soon , don't forget the man above was helpful 😉 Good luck for the future , you will work it out , APBarry Broganat 2:31 PM yesterday
After all you have done for jump racing I have to say I am really pleased you have called it a day all in one piece and the relief for you wife and children probably greater than we can imagine. Great memories we have been lucky.david wat 8:09 PM yesterday
Thank you for your massive contribution to a wonderful sport. I hope that you will continue to be an inspiration to all your current colleagues and future jockey generations. God bless you and your family for the remainder of your life!BrianRattApr 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM
Former rugby union giant Jonny Wilkinson, part of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 2003 and BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner.
I’ve been asked many times who my most respected opponents and teammates were. My answer is always based on two simple criteria, maybe with a third thrown in.
The first one is how they go about their business. I have always admired the ruthlessly professional ones who consistently drive their standards and force everyone else to follow suit. There is another step up from this reserved for a very select group who somehow manage to create an aura of invincibility through their consistency of excellence.
The second criterion is a natural gift. These guys are seemingly blessed, born to do what they do. They intuitively know what to do and when, and they make everything look exciting, heroic and enjoyable. They are the entertainers who inspire people to watch and to smile.
The final important quality is the person themselves. The leaders are those who exude confidence and belief but in a way which assumes nothing. They radiate respect for others. They naturally stand tall and strong.
For competitors, there is no way to dislike them even if they are desperate to find extra motivation. It’s impossible. With this rare breed you simply have to accept they are just that good, that gifted and that nice. They have deserved every single success they have ever achieved.
I am pretty sure I have just perfectly described AP McCoy. Congratulations for everything and thank you for giving us the perfect example of how to play professional sport.
Arkle was before my time, but how lucky I've been that another NH icon's career, that of AP McCoy, has spanned the entirety of my love of racing. Of future jockeys, in my old age, I'll be able to say "well, he's no AP" !Sally AndersonApr 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM
National Hunt Racing will never be the same without you in the saddle, you was more than a jockey, a genius !Robert MildersApr 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM
The greatest jockey of all time, your ride on "Wichita Lineman" was the best I think I ever witnessed. A genius and a true legend of sport. All the best to you and your family in your retirement. Please don't leave racing as you have so much still to give to the sport of kings, as your undoubtedly the KING!Andy WApr 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM
Simply the best
Racing will not be the same without A.P.
Thanks for the memoriesPeter mcdonnellApr 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM
A role model, a champion, a history maker, a humble iron man.
Farewell, my hero APTrevor Cummins, Cobh Co CorkApr 28, 2015 at 10:04 AM
All the Best to you and yours. You have been a great example of being the best you can be. Thanks for some great memories.paul fleuryApr 27, 2015 at 7:35 PM
Thanks god I was able to see two such legends of racing in my life, AP and Lester. All the best and thanks for so many great rides!erhard Heckmann, GermanyApr 27, 2015 at 7:34 PM
"If every a man deserved the applause it's you A.P McCoy.Andy WApr 27, 2015 at 7:34 PM
What a great send off for "The Champ" on Saturday at Sandown, still giving me a warm glow now a couple of days later. I was lucky enough to be at Aintree in 2010, even luckier to have backed Don't Push It and captured a great pic of AP & his loved ones cheering him, which is on the wall!
I've followed him all his career and he's been my favourite jockey ever since Unsinkable Boxer landed a tidy punt on my first visit to Cheltenham in 1998.
Horse racing won't be same without him in the saddle but is far richer for having had him for the last 20 years and best wishes for new ventures. It was down to AP that horse racing has gladly got some good press for a change and that's down to him being such a great bloke as well as jockey.
I'll miss looking for his rides but feel privileged to have seen him ride. Good luck Champ.Randy RannApr 27, 2015 at 7:32 PM
ALL THE BEST HAVE A GOOD LIFE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN WHAT YOU EVER CHOOSE TO DO (A LEGEND)ian scottApr 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM
Tony well done Now you would make an excellent Stipendiary Steward for the Jumping professiondave cleghornApr 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM
Thought you were brilliant when you won , cursed you when you lost but hey thats racing, thanks AP Your'e a one off. Martin HoughtonmartinApr 27, 2015 at 1:25 PM
National Hunt jockeys are the bravest of the brave but I am not sure it can be the same without AP McCOY will miss you terribly Champ thanks for the last twenty odd years The biggest legend of them all .HoraceApr 27, 2015 at 1:23 PM
A true magician on a horsebrian clare irelandApr 27, 2015 at 1:22 PM
Such an emotional day yesterday, but truly blessed that I was alive in the AP era. You've left so many fantastic memories and you will be truly missed. Happy retirement to the greatest jockey ever, AP.DarrenApr 27, 2015 at 11:14 AM
A.P. is without doubt the greatest Sportsman of all time.... and a great person, ! I wish him and his Family all the very best.kenhardApr 27, 2015 at 11:13 AM
Francome and Scudamore were the best NH jockeys I had ever seen in 44 years of watching racing, then along came AP McCoy !!Phil HankinsApr 27, 2015 at 11:13 AM
In the sports of kings AP you are simply the best better than all the rest as has been proven over your illustrious career in the saddle. You are an inspirational person to so many people both in and out of the horse racing community and have left many fabulous memories for everyone to enjoy for many years to come. The ups and downs of a jockeys life change from day to day, from grand national glory to the muddy turf and ambulance ride that can sometimes follow, but they are the risks you take every single time you get the leg up. You can never keep a good man down and you proved that many times. It takes a brave man to walk away at the top of his game but as always a true professional to the very end. Enjoy your wonderful family and once again thanks for the wonderful memories. Happy retirement to a true champion, take a bow A P McoyShelly328Apr 27, 2015 at 10:40 AM
The greatest...that's it!DaleApr 27, 2015 at 10:39 AM
An inspirational human being who will be sorely missed but leaves everlasting memories. Best wishes to you and your wonderful family.Jess Muddleat 1:44 PM
AP is One of the Best Jockey in the history of British horse racing. No one can replace you. You are brilliant and amazing .We wish you all the best for your future life and family. We will miss you always in Green shirt and white cap. We salute you, We love you. Big thank you for all the winners which you gave us .GOOD LUCK.QAMARat 11:21 AM
about 8 years ago i went to perth and saw the greatest ride ever in a very poor 3m hcap hurdle on a pipe horse that didnt want to do it and needed pushed ,cajoled and ridden from the tapes,to get up on the line, you can guess the jockey because nobody else would have managed it. the best ever over jumps, alongside lester and sir gordon he is the greatest.thank yourory bannermanat 6:45 AM
Been watching from the States for years and enjoyed every race. Will miss watching you ride but very glad you get to retire on your own terms and at the top. Thanks for the memories, AP, and all the best to you and your family.Annieat 12:12 AM
Thank you AP for all the memories. And thank you to Channel 4 for bringing the emotion of the day to our living rooms. A day when the hardest of hard men shed a tear in public but it felt the right thing to do. We saw the last ride from a great man and what a privilege it has been to have witnessed some great days over the years. To all jump jockeys we salute you!johnboyat 11:01 PM yesterday
Well what a day and what a career. Hope to still see you around the racetracks of the UK. A true legend!johnboyat 10:48 PM yesterday
Finding winners at Catterick racecourse on winters day just got a lot harder after today! Thanks for great racing memories AP.Bill Blenkinsoppat 9:58 PM yesterday
The sadness in your face and tears in your eyes told everything today. In particular, of just how much love you have for the this wonderful sport. You are loved equally and National Hunt Racing will not be the same without you. You were and always will be 'Simply the best'. Good luck and very best wishes to both you and your family.Rob, Watfordat 9:03 PM yesterday