The last day of one of the most incredible careers in the history of sport happens today. The brilliant AP McCoy brings his career as a jockey to an end with a couple of rides at Sandown. Sporting personalities from all over the place – but mainly the UK and Ireland – have been saluting the 20 time Champion Jockey.
Arsene Wenger, manager of AP’s football team of choice
I invite him now to devote his time to supporting Arsenal.
His wife, Chanelle pays tribute. I’m not crying, I’ve been chopping onions.
— Chanelle McCoy (@mccoy_chanelle) April 24, 2015
Great stat from @SkySportsNewsHQ:
Aston Villa boss, Tim Sherwood praises McCoy, without mentioning any ratios:
He’s been a great servant to racing. For someone to surpass Richard Dunwoody, he truly is the greatest.
The lovely Sam Twiston-Davies being as lovely as ever
Not many people get to meet there hero’s, so to ride against mine has been unforgettable! Weighing room won’t be the same!Thankyou @AP_McCoy
— Sam Twiston-Davies (@samtwiston) April 25, 2015
You know someone’s good when Alan Pardew can subdue his own ego long ego to praise him
One little lesson we can learn from him is the professionalism he has shown, whether he’s on the favourite or a horse that has absolutely no chance. He gives everything he’s got, every single day and that’s why he’s a champion.
Michael Owen weighs in
Ipswich manager, Mick McCarthy heaps the praise and reveals he won’t be riding in next week’s 2,000 Guineas
As a personality and a man, he’s such a lovely chap. Very unassuming, very humble. Just a decent guy. What an amazing record. You wouldn’t get me on the back of one of those horses. If you gave me a gold one, I wouldn’t get on it. Not at that speed anyway.
And just because we don’t think that fully does justice to his immense talent, we made up a few of our own: