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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Tributes to AP

"I'M sure he rode over 1,000 winners for me. It's absolutely amazing. AP is just absolutely phenomenal. Always Perfect - his two initials."

Jonjo O'Neill

"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."

Frankie Dettori

"AP is the leading rider of a generation and perhaps every generation to come. His will to win is unsurpassed and his spirit is unquenchable. What is more amazing is that he has time for everyone and is a genuinely good guy."

Peter Scudamore

"Quite extraordinary. I didn't think it was humanly possible to do what he's done.

"He's been a fine example to us all. What he's done is unbelievable."

Barry Geraghty

"His drive day-to-day and his attitude are unbelievable. To get to 4,000 is some achievement. It doesn't matter if it's Cheltenham or Kelso his determination is the same."

Paul Nicholls

"To get to 4,000 winners is a massive achievement and it's richly deserved. Nobody deserves it more than he does.

"He puts a lot of effort into everything he does, he's a brilliant jockey and a great man. I can't say enough about him."

Michael Owen

"He's a phenomenon. To get to the top of your sport is hard enough but to stay there and to stay there for as long as AP has is quite astounding. And to do so in a sport that's very hard mentally and physically - he must have broken every bone in his body - and to have done it for so many years it's just an outstanding achievement.

Michael Hourigan

"Will we ever see anyone like him again? He's so dedicated and just likes riding winners. He has such a will to win. He's a joy to watch and is super fit. He's riding away at those horses a mile from the finish."

Colm Murphy

"What can you say about the man that hasn't already been said? He's just absolutely phenomenal and words don't do him justice. To be doing what he's been doing day in day out for god knows how many years and achieve what he's achieved is incredible."

Andrew Thornton

"He's very relaxed in a race until it comes down to the business end. He transmits that to the horse and he's always full of confidence.

"He's one of the most mild-mannered people you'd wish to meet, very unassuming.

"You won't see this record broken again. You can't see somebody else riding consistently 200 winners a season."

Lukas Podolski

"AP is an iron man. To stay at the top of his game for that long shows a will to win that you only find in a true champion.

"Most importantly of all he is a true Gunner, and I'd like to congratulate him."

Mouse Morris

"He's an iron man and his will to win is probably his main asset. It's a phenomenal amount of winners to ride. He's ridden plenty of good winners for me and Boss Doyle (Mildmay Novices' Chase) is one that particularly sticks in my mind at Liverpool. But he's great value every day he gets up on one."

Conor O'Dwyer

"He's an amazing man, and his enthusiasm today is as strong as it ever was. I'd say retirement is the furthest thing from his mind at the moment. Whether it's Newton Abbot or Cheltenham, he's committed every day of the week."

Jessica Harrington

"He's a genius of a jockey!"

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