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Jockey Tony McCoy today announced he is to retire from racing at the end of the season.
Just minutes after Mr Mole gave McCoy his 200th winner of the season as Sire De Grugy unseated three out in an incident-packed Betfair Price Rush Chase at Newbury, the champion jockey told Channel 4 Racing of his intention to stop riding.
Not seen since following up his Champion Chase success at Sandown last April, the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy was sent off at odds-on but made a bad mistake four from home before parting company with Jamie Moore at the next.
That left a simple task for Mr Mole, who will test his credentials at the top level in the two-mile championship next month.
All that was overshadowed, however, when McCoy revealed his retirement plan.
"It's going to be the last time I ride 200 winners," he said.
"Having spoken to Dave (Roberts, agent) and JP McManus, I am going to be retiring at the end of the season."
McCoy said: "I want to go out at the top, I want to go out as champion jockey and it will be my 20th year if I can win the jockeys' championship."
AP McCoy's trainer said the record-breaking jockey is so good he could win a race riding a monkey.
Jonjo O'Neill said after McCoy's 4,000th win:
It's just amazing. You can't put words to it, but the man is fantastic. He's a fantastic man and a fantastic jockey.
Old horses, young horses, monkeys. You name it, he can win on it, that's the fantastic thing about him - it doesn't matter what it is he just wants to ride winners.
I can't finds words to describe the fella. I'm just so pleased to have him.
Jockey AP McCoy said he felt "relieved" and "proud" after riding his 4,000th winner:
The horse was fantastic. You can't win any horse race without their help and I've ridden some fantastic horses.
There is a sense of relief, no doubt, but for the first time in my life I feel a sense of pride of what I've achieved.
This is the quickest sport in the world to bring you back down, but I do feel and happy and proud of what I've done.
Racing broadcaster Clare Balding was among those to congratulate AP McCoy on riding his 4,000th winner, calling the jockey's feat "incredible":
AP McCoy's fellow sportsmen took to Twitter to congratulate the jockey on his landmark 4,000th career win.
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, Irish golfer Shane Lowry and ex-England rugby union captain Matt Dawson were among those to pay tribute to the record-breaking rider also known as Tony McCoy:
Jockey AP McCoy has won his 4,000th race, riding Mountain Tunes to victory in the 1510 at Towcester.
Record-breaking jockey Tony McCoy is one victory away from 4,000 wins and could reach that astonishing milestone today.
The 18-time champion jockey moved to 3,999 wins after winning on Minella For Steak at Chepstow yesterday.
The Northern Irishman has two rides at Towcester today where he could reach the unprecedented landmark.
McCoy will ride Church Field at 2.10pm which is the 3/1 favourite and Mountain Tunes an hour later which is also the favourite at 6/4.