Happy retirement, racing won't be the same without you next year. The race that sticks out for me is Pridwell getting up to beat Istabraq after looking beat at the last. Happy retirement and thanks for the memoriesKevin JenningsApr 25, 2015 at 11:17 AM
I have been lucky to be at the age where I can appreciate everything you have done for racing. An absolute legend and my idol. My dream was to ride in a race against you and I am gutted that won't happen. I wish you a happy retirement AP and best wishes for the futureJessApr 25, 2015 at 10:46 AM
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.JudyApr 25, 2015 at 10:23 AM
Without doubt the most dedicated sportsman, of any sport, that there has ever been. He made horses win that quite simply shouldn't have, and on those that should have, you knew they was in the safest pair of hands on the racecourse. I'm not sure what his plans are from here but best of luck to a legend we are unlikely to see the like of again.BigGApr 25, 2015 at 10:22 AM
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
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
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
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
The champ celebrates after beating Sir Gordon Richards' long-standing record of 269 winners in a season after guiding Valfonic to victory at Warwick in 2002 Picture: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
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
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
Thank you Tony for your kindness to us on the day you rode Ubi Ace in his last race. Your concern for the horse and kindness to my husband was very much appreciated and will never be forgotten. We wish you a happy retirement and good luck and success in whatever you decide to do. Very best regards Cherry and John Steel
by Steels Thoroughbred Breeding4/19/2015 12:53:36 PM
It has been a joy and a pleasure to watch AP over the years. I shall certainly miss him and can't imagine racing without him riding. Good luck with your retirement and enjoy family. I am sure you will be surprised how your time will become full with many other things. Filly x
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
A lesson to us all through every walk of life, his consistent courage and determination to make the very best of his talents is simply extraordinary. Set against his self depreciating humour in the face of the unrelenting pressures and dangers of his chosen sport means he is the complete one off and and surely one of the best examples of how the human spirit can overcome some of the bigger obstacles life sets us.