Early one for me. my first job in Equine Veterinary Nursing in Lambourn, helped look after Mr Mulligan for Noel Chance after his fall in King George then AP gave him a great ride to win 1997 Gold Cup, doing the double with Make A Stand Champion Hurdle. Funny to think back now that AP had only been champion for 1 season, he seems to have been around forever. Good luck AP, hope you can find a way to enjoy your retirement.
Exudes professionalism and class on everything he does. Albertas Run in the RSA was my personal highlight, but that is mostly financially related! The ride on Wichita Lineman will never be forgotten by those that saw it and the images of AP winning on Don't Push It in the National and Synchronised in the GC will go down in racing history. Brilliant to be getting out at the top while still the undisputed champ.
I remember a horse called Tikram I always used to back it and it never won once trainers were at the end of their tether with this horse .so they booked McCoy to ride! And he pushed and shoved on Tikram to get him going and he duly won. He was the only jockey that could get a win out of that horse . Me and my dad nearly gave up on him until we noticed McCoy was booked to ride him:) and we had a nice win of over a £1000 each. Only McCoy could have done this
by matty edited by David Baxter3/7/2015 8:31:08 AM
An out-an-out legend! Words can't do justice to this great champion. Winning the Hennessy Gold Cup in Leopardstown this year was a truly fitting and much deserved end to your time racing in Leopardstown. All the very best for the future and thanks for all the great memories A.P. you will be sadly missed!
The greatest ever jockey, driven and fearless, enjoy your retirement A.P. I hope you turn your hand to training, there's no doubt you would be as fearsome at it as you were in the saddle. Good fortune to you always.
To be honest with the racing enthusiasts out there I could never really get A.P McCoy on a winning horse so I am not biased towards him in any way shape or form but one day in march 2009 I watched this man turn into a machine when he sat upon his stead witchita lineman an the only thing that comes into my mind when I read live that race over and over again is collosus how he got that horse home to be first past the winning line only the gods truly now just that one race describes ap career as he simply had the will to win more than his rivals.magical man
by robbie edited by Racing Post3/4/2015 8:56:24 AM
A true inspiration not only in the saddle but also in life,but to see how you have showed so much courage and determination in the saddle to be a true winner has been truly a pleasure to watch the battles you have endured ,the victory s and the looses the falls and spills and not to mention the horrendous injuries you have to suffer and have been left with the scares truly so brave ,courageous and some would say a little crazy but you have given so much to racing and to the fans and to me I wish you all the best for the future and hope and pray yo find your next true purpose and won't be left thinking what IF,if your body and head is telling you it's enough then the heart will also have to suffer a little more but racing will truly miss you and a sad day as we all won't see that winning punch in the air.
by Gary Rodgers edited by Racing Post3/3/2015 5:46:33 PM
AP : To you and your family: All the best and enjoy your much deserved extra time with them. Graham Lee said when you rode your 4000th winner that you were a better human being than a jockey. Shows what you're like in and out of the saddle. Thank you once again. ps my sister says ta for Witchita Lineman
Ap McCoy was the best rider of all time he always got to the front in any race. I met him once and that was the best thing i could of ever did and he was a lovely and genuing guy he was always there to stop and chat and give autographs. Dissapointed he has retired but will always be thought of.
We write on behalf of our members who have been leaving their specific memories on the forum - Many will not contest the main subject as AP's "Best Ride" but an everlasting memory for a group of members who joined us #OLBGonTour was at one of our sponsored Mares Hurdles this season when he rode Aurora D'Estruval to victory. To meet AP and present him with the OLBG Mares Hurdle trophy has been the highlight for their AP memories - We are taking some 50 members to Cheltenham in March when hopefully we will be able to cheer him to victory on more than one occasion over the week - Happy Retirement Tony and thanks for the memories "The Greatest"
It was my first visit to the Cheltenham Festival in 2012 and I had fancied Tony McCoy to go close on Synchronised in the Gold Cup. Being a big fan of his it was an honour to meet the man after he had won it and I could not believe how much time he gave to me and others. A true gentleman, sportsman and a warrior. Enjoy your retirement champ and thanks for the great memories.
by Cliff Henry edited by Racing Post2/26/2015 7:34:15 PM
The mans a legend. His determination, commitment and drive never wilted. The ride he gave Wichita Lineman encapsulates him perfectly. Many would've given up on him but AP knew if he kept cajoling him he would get there eventually.
Just watched the Witchita race again to be reminded I had backed Maljimar in it, that's the one thing about AP, you never had him beat until you were past the line. So many cliches, been a racing man for nearly 50 years now and I won't see his like again, nor will anybody I reckon, 20 years at the top, how many sportsmen or sportswomen in to history of the world have done it? Was in Leop and the Carlingford parade ring post race was spine tingling. Hopefully he'll bag a few in Chelters. Thanks for the memories Champ.