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Tuesday 16 July 2019

AP McCoy takes the honours on his home run

AP McCoy. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
AP McCoy. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Mark O'Regan

His gallop to yet more glory in Leopardstown at the weekend meant that social media went viral in landing yet more accolades on the much lauded AP McCoy.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was among those who added their congratulations, on McCoy's Hennessey Gold Cup win, just a day after the champion jockey announced his retirement.

"Congratulations on a wonderful career," he tweeted.

"Thank you Wayne," replied McCoy.

And Leinster rugby star Ian Madigan also offered his best wishes.

He said he was looking forward to watching "the run-in to a great career'."

McCoy replied: "Thanks Ian I hope you're well. Good luck in the coming weeks."

In his tweets one of the greatest jockeys of all time described how difficult it was to call an end to his racing career.

"Made the toughest decision of my life announcing my retirement by the end of the season. Thanks for all the well wishes. Really appreciate it," he wrote.

He also tweeted how special was the occasion walking into the winner's enclosure at Leopardstown after his Hennessey Gold Cup victory on Sunday.

"A day I'll miss so much but will never forget."

But he said the good wishes received from so many people also "made the day very special".

The 19-time champion jockey announced on Saturday this season will be his last as a National Hunt rider.

Winner of virtually every big prize there is in racing, including the Grand National, Gold Cup, Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle, McCoy said that "time waits for no man in sport".

The 40-year-old said after making the final decision he was "a bit low for the next couple of days."

However, he insisted he wanted to go out while he was still at the top of his game.

His wife Chanelle McCoy tweeted how the couple got into a taxi in Dublin and the driver said to them: "Did you hear McCoy is retiring?"

"We roared laughing and said ,'He is McCoy.' Nearly crashed," she added.

She said his decision to retire was one he "battled with very much." "Some days he's at peace with it and some days he's sad."

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