Thursday 24 May 2018

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The world of horse-racing 'will be a strange place' without AP

Tony McCoy celebrates with his wife Chanelle after he who his first victory with Carlingford Lough in the Hennessy Gold Cup just a day after he announced his impending retirement in a thrilling race for the Leopardstown showpiece.
Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Tony McCoy celebrates with his wife Chanelle after he who his first victory with Carlingford Lough in the Hennessy Gold Cup just a day after he announced his impending retirement in a thrilling race for the Leopardstown showpiece. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Jockey Tony McCoy after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough
Tony McCoy drives Carlingford Lough to victory in the Hennessy yesterday
Sort It Out, with Tony McCoy up, on their way to winning the Paddy Power 'Number 1 For Live Streaming' Handicap Hurdle
Tony McCoy riding Carlingford Lough return after winning The Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown racecourse on February 08, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy riding Carlingford Lough return after winning The Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown
Tony McCoy celebrates with his wife Chanelle after he who his first victory with Carlingford Lough in the Hennessy Gold Cup just a day after he announced his impending retirement in a thrilling race for the Leopardstown showpiece. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Tony McCoy celebrates with his wife Chanelle after he who his first victory with Carlingford Lough in the Hennessy Gold Cup just a day after he announced his impending retirement in a thrilling race for the Leopardstown showpiece. Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Sire De Grugy ridden by Jamie Moore (R)
Tony McCoy is retiring from horse racing

Brian Byrne

Horse-racing great Ruby Walsh has led tributes to his fellow jockey Tony McCoy following the 19-time champion jockey's decision to retire.

The jump jockey said: "It was a big call and only he could have known that the time was right.

"He is the consummate professional and has done everything that is good for racing.

"It will be a strange old place without him being part of it," he added.

McCoy's closest rival, Richard Johnson, admitted all jockeys tire eventually and are forced to retire.

"A lot of jockeys will be very relieved, but there will be a great sadness to lose him from the weighing room.

"He has been amazing and his memories will live on for a long time."

Horse trainer Willie Mullins said he wasn't surprised at the Co Antrim man's decision to step down.

"We might have been expecting this the last three years. I'm shocked it hasn't happened until now, really.

"He's an iron man and obviously enjoys it and I'm happy for him that he has retired on his own terms."

Horse-racing fan and Newstalk presenter Ivan Yates said: "Every punter knew that when he was riding a horse, it would not lack for perseverance.

"The big question is, what will he do next? He doesn't strike me as the type who is temperamentally suited to training," Yates said.

RTE horse-racing pundit Brian Gleeson praised McCoy for taking horse-racing into the mainstream.

"What a human being. He broke records nobody ever imagined. No amount of superlatives would do Tony justice.

"He lifted jump racing to the mainstream news and I would encourage parents to bring their kids to see him on the racecourse before the end of the season in early May."

Irish Independent

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