'Iron Man' of racing, Tony McCoy, rides into the sunset
They say timing is everything, and like usual Tony McCoy had it all planned out like clockwork.
Even as he was announcing he was hanging up his boots, it looks like the man many regard as the greatest ever jump jockey is on track to bow out by becoming champion jockey for the 20th time.
And if you've ever stood leaning against the white rail at the side of a racetrack close enough to feel the ground beneath you tremble as half a tonne of horseflesh goes pounding past at 35 miles an hour, you'll truly wonder at all that the 40-year-old Co Antrim man has achieved.
He has set records, entered the jump racing history books umpteen times and secured the magic milestone, that few could even dream of, by riding more than 4,000 winners over jumps over 14 months ago. Just last July he passed the 4,191 winner mark of the trainer Martin Pipe with whom he formed a formidable partnership.
I was there amid the thousands of bellowing ecstatic fans as he notched up some of those heart-stopping wins, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard Synchronised in the famous colours of Limerick businessman JP McManus back in 2012, to add to that heavily-inked CV.
And there was no arguing with that 'Superman' theme tune that spilled out as McCoy made his way into the winner's enclosure that day to punch the air in victory. Yet, it is on the days when it hasn't gone so well, that he really showed the grit that earned him his name of the 'Iron Man' of racing.
It was in January 2008 that McCoy took a bone crunching fall. It was the sort of spill that many thought would put an end to his Cheltenham Festival hopes for that year.
Yet his bouncebackability was already legendary and it cranked up a notch as he underwent 'ice chamber' cryotherapy for the fractured vertebrae in his back.
And it worked as he went onto ride at the festival and land the RSA Chase aboard Albertas Run. It was during his recovery that his legend was truly born as he uttered the words, "I think I'm unbreakable".
It is that sheer determination, combed with willpower, that make a good jockey, and horse alike, stand out from the crowd.
Yet, even the 5ft 10.5in McCoy, who started working with horses full-time at the age of 15 after leaving school, realised time waits for no man and he wanted "to go out at the top" and on his terms.
The father-of-two first revealed the decision to his jockey agent Dave Roberts and JP McManus, the loyal multimillionaire owner, and his wife Chanelle.
He has transcended National Hunt stardom to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year following his 2010 victory of Don't Push It in the Grand National after some agonisingly near misses.
If yesterday's Leopardstown Races, where McCoy was afforded a hero's welcome as he landed his first ever Hennessy Gold Cup aboard Carlingford Lough are anything to go by, then the jockey's legendary will to win hasn't abated.