The world of horse-racing ‘will be a strange place’ without AP
The world of horse-racing 'will be a strange place' without AP
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."