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  1. McCoy third in final race
  2. McCoy also finishes third in penultimate outing
  3. "It's been unbelievable, a day I'll never forget," said McCoy
  4. Just A Par wins the feature Bet 365 Gold Cup

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By Jamie Strickland

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Thanks and goodbye

AP McCoy

So that's it. After a glorious career stretching back more than two decades, 20 Champion Jockey titles and 4,357 winners, the career of AP McCoy has come to an end.

The great man could not quite sign off with a winner on his final outing, but that will not matter one jot to the millions who have delighted in his successes down the years.

Well done AP McCoy. What a ride it's been.

Read Frank Keogh's report here.

McCoy news conference

"Someone's going to ride more winners than me. All records get broken. I hope I'm dead, though."

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McCoy news conference

"Richard Johnson helped me to achieve what I achieved. We've been the greatest rivals and the greatest friends."

Richard Johnson won AP McCoy's final race on board Brother Tedd, and is now tipped as one of the men most likely to succeed him as Champion Jockey next season, having finished as runner-up to McCoy on 16 occasions.

McCoy on the emotions of the day

"There were tears coming back on Box Office. There were nearly tears going out on Box Office."

McCoy farewell
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McCoy news conference

McCoy is holding a news conference, where he is joined by JP McManus & Jonjo O'Neill.

"I feel very lucky I have ended my career in one piece," says the 20-time champion jockey.

He adds: "I've got nothing to look forward to now... except the wife and kids."

Frank Keogh
Frank Keogh

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Sandown

No winners for McCoy on final day so name of Capard King, Ayr, Fri 17 April goes into history as 4357th & last winner

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Sandown

The 20-time champion jockey AP McCoy, racing's 'Iron Man', choking back tears as he headed into weighing room for last time at Sandown.

'The greatest man in the game'

Trainer Jonjo O'Neill joked: "The way he rode today, he'll never ride for me again.

"It's the greatest man in the game. He's a true professional. What I can say will not justify how good he is. We'll never see his likes again."

McCoy number one
The number one

Emotional McCoy on 'amazing' send-off

An emotional AP McCoy on Channel 4 Racing: "It's amazing. I can't believe what's happening. I've been so lucky all my life. I'll never forget this day.

"It's been a very emotional day. I want to thank everyone for coming out, the racing public. All my family were here, too, so it's very special. It's been unbelievable, a day I'll never forget."

AP McCoy

Tears for McCoy

An emotional McCoy waves to the crowd as he drinks in their applause and cheers for the last time.


It would have been too perfect, wouldn't it?

McCoy was always in the mix but in the final analysis it never looked like being a winning ride for McCoy on Box Office.

The win instead goes to Richard Johnson on Brother Tedd.

One circuit to go

McCoy is in the midfield as the pack passes the main grandstand to huge cheers.

What can he do from there?

Six to jump.

A little late, but we're off

The final race of AP McCoy's career is under way.

Sandown expects.

The final approach

Honest Frank twitter pic

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: Champion jockey AP McCoy heads out for the final ride of his career, on Box Office, at Sandown.

Box Office finish?

OK, we're just about there.

The brilliant career of AP McCoy will be over in just a few minutes from now.

Whatever happens, his legacy is assured. But a win would be a rather wonderful finsh.

Box Office, if you will.

What they said: McCoy tributes

Legendary former BBC broadcaster Sir Peter O'Sullevan: "He has been something very special. Apart from his amazing record, he has grown in stature as a person. It is a credit to him that he has never become big-headed."

Peter O'Sullevan

Magical McCoy moments - Gold Cup victory No.2

McCoy claimed his second Cheltenham Gold Cup win aboard Synchronised in 2012.

Going off at 8-1, Synchronised grabbed the lead over the final fence and held off the challenge of 50-1 outsider The Giant Bolster.

"He's an amazing horse and it was an amazing performance. He's really delivered," said McCoy.

mccoy synchronised goldcup
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'It's all been worth it'

McCoy's wife Chanelle on Channel 4 Racing: "The reception he's had and the send off is incredible.

"It's richly deserved, he might be a bit uncomfortable with it but all the hours he's put in, all the nights in the hospital and all the nights he's gone to bed hungry. It's all worth it.

"Now he can spend time with the kids, he can eat and he can play golf. We can cook potatoes!"

McCoy's catalogue of injuries

McCoy has famously suffered more than his fair share of bumps and scrapes on his way to writing his substantial entry in racing's history books.

Broken bones, punctured lungs, shattered teeth, all are listed in gruesome detail below.

With one race to come, let's all hope there are no late additions to the list.


'He wants to ride off into the sunset'

Fellow jockey Ruby Walsh tells Channel 4 Racing: "It's a great day, a great crowd here to see him.

"To fulfil all your dreams and be able to walk away on your own terms is amazing.

"He's quiet today. He's hoping his horse can win and he can ride off into the sunset. For me it's a proud day to be here to watch him."

Walking out for the last time

McCoy has just walked out for his final race.

Camera shutters are clattering and the 40-year-old signs autographs as he walks.

I have to say he looks pretty relaxed.

Cheers for the champion

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh took this picture of McCoy after he received the Champion Jockey trophy for the 20th time.

Frank Keogh
Frank Keogh

Magical McCoy moments - a trip to the Palace

McCoy received an OBE for his services to racing in June 2011.

He received the gone just weeks after securing his 16th Champion Jockey title, and a little over a year on from winning his first Grand National on Don't Push It.

McCoy OBE June 2011

AP McCoy - a career in pictures

We hope we're bringing up only the very best AP McCoy images from the BBC's picture mine this afternoon, but should you feel the need to check out some more then you could do worse than explore our

career in pictures gallery.

AP McCoy

What they said: McCoy tributes

Jockey Ruby Walsh, friend and rival: "He was so damn good that he always made you try harder. He has set standards and targets that are going to be in the history books for a long, long time and to be able to say I rode with him, and beat him the odd time, is a privilege.

"He's just brilliant. What makes Messi, what makes Ronaldo, what makes Federer, what made any of them? They are just unbelievably talented."

AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh

McCoy a 'single-minded professional'

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Aintree

"Amidst all the piles of McCoy stats, there's one that stands out for me: despite being on the tall side and naturally heavier than many riding weights, he's never once put up overweight.

"Nothing demonstrates better his single-minded, professional approach.

"Now much of the talk is of his future, though what about racing's? Of late, so much of the sport's undoubted positive profile has been built on his broad back. The challenge now is to keep that energy going in life after McCoy."

Magical McCoy moments - named Sports Personality for 2010

McCoy SPOTY 2010

McCoy was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in December 2010, edging out Jessica Ennis and Phil Taylor to the award.

He earned nearly 42% of the public vote to become the first jockey to receive the honour, eight months on from winning the Grand National for the first time.

Watch: BBC Sport's McCoy tribute


Filmed after he claimed his 4,000th career victory in 2013, BBC Sport pays tribute to McCoy in this


A nice watch for Johnny Cash fans too.

McCoy's career in numbers


What they said: McCoy tributes

Martin Pipe, 15-time champion trainer: "He is the best we have ever seen. He has such a dedication to winning. It's been a privilege to know him. It's very emotional, we will miss him tremendously. He would never admit defeat, he was always trying to win."

AP McCoy and Martin Pipe
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'The best things in my life are behind me now'

More from McCoy on the final day of his racing career. He told Channel 4 Racing: "Like any sportsperson, I'm blessed to live my life doing something I love.

"My advice to all the lads in the weighing room would be to enjoy every moment because it goes so quickly.

"I found the people I worked with were very loyal and that's important in any walk of life. It's easier to be good at something if you like the people you're doing it with.

"I'm going to be looking behind me for the first time in my life because the best things in my life are behind me now and that's going to be tough."

McCoy receives guard of honour

Centre of attention

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I was tempted to make a Where's Wally gag at this point, but to be honest it would be pretty misguided as there's little confusion as to who the main man is in this shot.

Magical McCoy moments - finally winning the National

Going into 2010, McCoy had won every major horse race, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase, but the world's most famous race - the Grand National - had eluded him.

That all changed on 10 April when McCoy rode Don't Push it to victory at Aintree to win jump racing biggest event at the 15th time of asking.

AP McCoy wins the Grand National on Don't Push It
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McCoy's career in numbers


One more dream for McCoy

Can AP secure a perfect send-off in the final race of his career at 16:25 on Box Office?

McCoy told Channel 4: "He's well named. It would be nice. Hopefully he's got a chance.

"I couldn't have picked a more competitive race to end with. I've dreamt all my life, so I might as well dream one more time."

1997: Joining the ranks of the big-race winners

McCoy 1997
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Despite the overwhelming late-Eighties feel to the mobile phone in his hand, I'm reliably informed that this picture of a youthful McCoy is actually from 1997.

The year was a seminal one for McCoy, bringing him breakthrough wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Mr Mulligan and Champion Hurdle on Make A Stand (below).

AP McCoy

McCoy's top 10 horses

Last month McCoy revealed to the BBC the 10 favourite horses he has ridden in his storied career.

Discussing the sad fate that would befall his top pick, McCoy said: "I cried for days afterwards. That affected me more than any other horse. It's personal and that's why he's number one."

You can read the article full here.

AP McCoy, Synchronised and Jonjo O'Neill
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McCoy's career in numbers


Pretenders to the throne

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Aintree

The retirement of AP McCoy blows wide-open the race to be his successor.

There may never be 'another McCoy' but somebody will fill the big boots that have fitted the 20-time champion so snugly for two decades.

Cornelius Lysaght takes a look at the likely candidates.

Who will replace AP?

Sad news among the celebrations

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh

on Twitter: "Sad to report that the racehorse Rolling Aces has died after collapsing on the walkway when returning from the last race at Sandown."

Rolling Aces died after the 2.35 race.