Having the weekly bet won't be the same any more. "What's McCoy riding" won't be the first thing I look for in the centre pages of the paper on Satudays. It won't be the same, but I'm happy he's getting out at the top and hopefully in one piece. I would love to see him win the National and for it to be his final ride. What a story that would be. Good luck at Aintree and for the future Anthony.
The champ aboard Unsinkable Boxer before the pair landed a huge gamble in the Unicoin Homes Gold Card Handicap Hurdle Final at Cheltenham in 1998. Trainer Martin Pipe told McCoy in the parade ring beforehand: "This is the biggest certainty you will ever ride.” Picture: Healy Racing
I've been lucky enough to go to lots of race meetings to see the champ in action but I will always remember the day at a cold windy Towcester racecourse when I had gone there with his autobiography hoping to get it signed and was just hovering around the weighing room hoping I'd spot him. Suddenly from behind me he appeared saying "was you looking for me" before signing it for me. Was so touched that he'd realised I was looking for him as he could have avoided the general public if he'd wanted but as usual went out of his way to make the racing fans happy. A true ambassador for the sport who will be sorely missed. I hope he goes on to have a great retirement and hopefully stays involved in racing in some way or another.
McCoy clears the final flight to land the 2010 Long Walk Hurdle aboard the Paul Nicholls-trained Big Bucks who was winning for the tenth consecutive time Picture: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Will be very sad to see you pull up stumps AP, but also happy to see you leaving at the top of your game and in one piece, of course! Best of luck for whatever your future holds and thank for all the memories.
There will never be another like you - the real McCoy. Thank you for all you have given us and especially for the example you have set for bravery, professionalism and humanity. Please stay involved with us. All good wishes to you and your family.
Ever since I was a child, my Dad (who speaks broken english) has been a racing man, Tony McCoy is the only jockey whom he backs week in week out. Now that I'm hooked on the sport, The Man, will no longer be riding - it's heart- breaking. Racing will not be the same without the one and only living legend of McCoy. Eternal thanks for being you and achieving such glory and wins for us punters! Good luck with the rest of your life!!!
You are the epitome of excellence, dedication and true professionalism. The level of greatness you have achieved in the sport we all love is beyond compare and is unlikely to be matched in the many future generations to come. Well done AP - enjoy your retirement!
AP has won on horses, no other jockeys could win on.The man has been a true legend from day one and the ULTIMATE trier in the toughest sport known to man. I am so grateful to have been around in his ERA and he will be sorely missed from race riding.
So many memories but up there has to be the bizarre and quirky 1.40 at Southwell, January 2002 when AP remounted the favourite Family Business after all seven horses had failed to finish. This indicated his attitude of never giving up at any costs!
True champion & sports personality will always be remembered for many GREAT rides but also for attention to detail given to every ride, The true sportsman who always has time to sign autographs & talk to the horseracing public enjoy the retirement Tony you truly deserve we will always remember the Champion. Hopefully we will see Tony very soon presenting on horseracing.
The bizarre and quirky 1.40pm at Southwell in January 2002 has to be up there with the highlights. All seven horses failed to finish but then AP remounted favourite Family Business and trudged home. Indicated his attitude of never giving up. One of those races that you never forget.
Tony will be missed by all, His will to win never will be seen again. Witchita lineman and Brave inca two perfact matches for the perfect champion and gentleman immortalised forever. God bless you Tony McCoy.
Newbury Hennessy meeting 1997, the Friday card was opened with my banker of the weekend. I had secured a marvelous price of 4/5 from Harry Bevan, now deceased, in the Queens Hotel prior to racing for novice hurdler RAINWATCH who i thought was a very good thing. He started the race as 2/5 fav. Everything was going to plan when the horse was about 30 lengths clear coming to the last which he proceeded to try uprooting. Tony somehow managed to sit on the horse while he sorted his legs out underneath him. He got him going again and still won by 6 lengths!! I would have really been struggling if he had lost as we were in Newbury for the 2 days of the festival. I was so chuffed i rushed round to thank him as he went to weigh in. I shook his hand and said how the hell did you manage that balancing act? "Just doing my job mate" he replied with the cheeky McCoy grin.... I walked back to the bar for a celebration drink thinking, that man is the ULTIMATE professional... Nothing has changed my original opinion some 18 years on.. Thanks Tony for all the fantastic memories. LEGEND!!
You can now enjoy a good fry up. Never forget seeing you look emaciated after Nordance Prince winning at Ascot. You have pushed that poor body of yours through hell. A good Irish breakfast on the Sunday after your retirement and time to contemplate what will be the next stage of your career. Thanks for the memories and best of luck.
To stay at the top of your game for almost 20 years is impressive, but even more so when taking into account how mentally and physically tough being a professtional jockey must be. AP truly is the real McCoy. Congrats on an amazing career, thanks for the memories and enjoy your retirement champ.
At a time when the press said he was miserable. I saw him arrive at newton abbot with a fellow jockey head thrown back in howls of laughter-then there was the mccoy, dunwoody and mcquire battles fantastic good luck on your retirement Sir mccoy (it will only be a matter of time)
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This is a special man, never accepted second best, never faultered, always trying for the public, honest as the day is long and a credit to his island. May God see him safe in his last few weeks and into a happy retirement.
Thanks for all the pleasure you have given me whilst watching you riding. There will never be another rider that will come close to you. I've seen you carry some horses over the line, hope to see in the parade ring as a trainer. Thanks a million
Up there with the true greats of ALL SPORTS achievers - in one of the toughest sports in the world. Probably one of the greatest ambassadors the sport has known. No enthusiast will ever forget the Wichita ride at Cheltenham. Will be revered for ever - given how knighthoods are dished out to far less worthy sportsmen, lets have SIR AP!! - & now, not when he's 90!! He's up there with Ali, Bradman & far surpasses in sports terms, those of any knighted British sports person.....
McCoy specials Paddy Power have come up with these for the great man
To be Cheltenham top jockey10-1 To ride a winner on day one of the Cheltenham Festival 11-10 To win a Cheltenham championship race 11-8 To win the AP McCoy Grand Annual Chase 4-1 Not to ride a Cheltenham Festival winner 4-1 To ride a winner each dayof the Cheltenham Festival 40-1 To ride the winner of the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup 66-1 To be the next Arsenal manager 750-1