The fairy-tale has taken place and at last AP McCoy has achieved his lifetime ambition, and that of millions of racing fans on his behalf, by winning the Grand National at Aintree.
This was more than a superb ride by a champion jockey on the temperamental and very good horse Don't Push It.
It was the vindication of the outstanding ability and determination of a jockey and also of a trainer and owner in winning a prize that had long evaded their considerable combined talents.
There are moments when sporting history is made, and this is one of them. It ranks in local terms with Mary Peters' Gold Medal so long ago,, and with the Grand Slam victory last year of the Irish Rugby team, including its Ulster contingent. The record books will now show that our own "AP" is indeed the " Real McCoy."