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A.P. McCoy: Final hurdle for champion jockey

By Gary Morley, CNN

Published 2144 GMT (0544 HKT) April 25, 2015
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Record-breaking jockey Tony "A.P." McCoy called the curtain on two decades of dominance in the saddle at England's Sandown racecourse on Saturday. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
The 40-year-old was presented with the champion jockey trophy for the 20th year in a row by former England and Arsenal football star Ian Wright. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
McCoy, who won 4,382 races and broke just about every bone in his body, was cheered into the parade ring by his fellow jockeys. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
He lined up for two last races, one of which was named in his honor. Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images
McCoy had to settle for third place in both events, in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,300 people. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Here he is pictured with his retainer J.P. McManus (left) and Jonjo O'Neill -- who is the Irish billionaire's long-time chief horse trainer. "I started off as his employee and as time has gone on we have become really good friends," McCoy said of McManus. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
McCoy with wife Chanelle and children Eve and Archie. "It's just amazing that all these people should come here to see me. I feel really privileged," he said. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
A keen Arsenal fan, he was presented a special lifetime achievement award by his childhood hero Liam Brady. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images