AP McCoy’s jump-racing dynasty came to an end at Sandown Park, on an emotional day when the man known simply as “Champ” retired as his sport’s champion jockey for the 20th season in a row.
Although it wasn’t to be a fairytale ending for the 40-year-old, failing to land a winner, the day unquestionably belonged to the Moneyglass native as tributes flooded in from all angles.
Here’s how Twitter reacted on a day when McCoy hung up his spurs with a third-place finish in his final ever race:
McCoy masks were all the rage at Sandown, as the racecourse took delivery of box fulls to give fans a chance to show their support:
— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) April 25, 2015
Sandown recorded their own tribute to the man:
The day was to be a family occasion, with McCoy’s wife, daughter and son all present to help send him off:
McCoy ends his career with a whopping 4,348 winners to his name, a record that will surely stand for some years:
McCoy’s fans pleaded for their star to be honoured by the Queen:
Naturally, the Racing Post were unwavering in their coverage of AP’s retirement, starting with this cover on their paper:
He received a guard of honour on his emergence from the weighing room:
After his final race, the celebrations started as Champ received the champion jockey trophy for the 20th and final time:
His career looks even more impressive in numbers:
Although he couldn’t land punters a winner on his final day on the job, nobody seemed to mind too much, with the jockey mobbed by autograph hunters:
All that was left was for the man himself to bid farewell:
Thanks for all the good wishes,I’ve been so lucky to live my life as a jockey thanks to everyone who helped me make all my dreams come true — AP McCoy (@AP_McCoy) April 25, 2015
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