AP kept in hospital for tests as champion jockey faces fight to regain fitness
Champion jockey Tony McCoy has spent a second night in hospital after breaking several ribs in a fall at Taunton on Friday.
After initial treatment at the course, McCoy was carried by stretcher into an ambulance for the short journey to Musgrove Park Hospital.
He was detained overnight after X-rays confirmed the damage to his ribs, an injury that would force most sportsmen on to the sidelines for well over a month.
Sore one: Champion jockey Tony McCoy cracked his ribs in a fall at Taunton
‘It felt like the horse that came down on top of me had more feet than a centipede,’ he said.
McCoy was hoping to be released yesterday but he has been kept in, awaiting extensive tests to check he has not suffered further injuries.
A hospital spokesman said: ‘Mr McCoy’s condition is comfortable but he will be staying here for a second night.’
McCoy has long made a habit of defying medical opinion and on Friday was initially talking about being back in days rather than weeks.
But he now accepts that the injury has put an end to his long-held ambition to ride 300 winners in a season, a feat never achieved in this country on the Flat or over jumps.
Riding high: McCoy (left) had been in fine form before his fall
Meanwhile, All the Aces lived up to his name with a fluent first success over hurdles at Newbury. His new trainer, Nicky Henderson, said: ‘I think he’s a smashing horse, versatile and honest. I would like to step him up to two and a half miles so we know where to go with him. I’d like to think he’d be doing something at Cheltenham in March.’
Richard Johnson had good cause to celebrate on Saturday as he reached a century of winners for the 16th consecutive year.
His latest landmark ride arrived over the Newbury hurdles on Fingal Bay and Johnson said: ‘Ever since I started in racing I’ve always wanted to be champion jockey — still do. For me, it is what matters most, more than winning any race in the calendar. I’m 34 now and getting on a bit, but I’ll keep trying. It would be fantastic to do it just once.’