Tony McCoy admitted it had been "one of the hardest days my life" as he returned to the unsaddling enclosure for the final time at Sandown on Saturday.
The 20-times champion jockey did not enjoy the fairytale finish so many would have wished for as he rode the final two mounts of his illustrious career, with Mr Mole claiming third in the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase and Box Office finishing in the same place in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle.
Tony McCoy "richly deserved" the rousing send-off he received at Sandown, according to the rider's wife Chanelle.
The 40-year-old brought down the house in Esher, despite having to settle for third aboard both Mr Mole in the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase and Box Office in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle.
Sandown’s penultimate race on Saturday is a thirty grand handicap chase (5.00), and the two that make most appeal are Generous Ransom and Horizontal Speed, who sit at the top of the weights in a competitive little heat. It is hard to split the tightly-matched pair but the former just edges the verdict.
Lincoln (stall 14 of 14) beat only one home after making the early running in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on his comeback, an effort that is easy to forgive as the track was eating front-runners alive and his best form is at 7f.
Today is all about celebrating the career and waving goodbye to AP McCoy as a jockey and he has two final rides for us to enjoy on his final day in the saddle. We preview all the main action from a top class and emotional day at Sandown Park this afternoon.