Racing: McCoy hospitalised after fall

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CHAMPION jumps jockey Tony McCoy was kept in hospital last night for observation following a fall at Cheltenham.

McCoy was partnering the Nicky Henderson-trained Quantitativeeasing in the Barbury International Horse Trials Handicap Hurdle when the gelding stumbled at the second flight, throwing McCoy into the air. While he was conscious after the fall, he had to be stretchered off the track and was given oxygen on his way to the medical room by ambulance.

Following assessment at the track, McCoy was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and spent the night there when it is then expected he will be released today. The lucrative Punchestown Festival takes place in Ireland next week where McCoy could expect to ride several well fancied horses for his boss, JP McManus.

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