Bruised Tony McCoy suffers pain of rival's win
Tony McCoy was hurting after a fall ruled him out of riding at Warwick yesterday – but even more painful was perennial title rival Richard Johnson winning on one of the five mounts the prolific Ulsterman had to turn down.
McCoy, closing in on an incredible 19th successive title, had to give up his five rides after failing the doctor following a heavy fall at Fakenham on Tuesday.
Johnson took the honours with a 115-1 treble on Keshi Pearl, Rio De Sivola and Garde La Victoire.
Johnson, 14-times runner-up to McCoy in the title race, took full advantage of the champion's enforced absence.
He even came in for McCoy's scheduled ride on Rio De Sivola (8-1), who got off the mark over fences.
"AP (McCoy) was pretty sore and it was a nice spare ride," said Johnson, who realistically is again battling for runners-up spot with McCoy 58 wins ahead of nearest challenger Noel Fehily.
The 39-year-old hopes to be back in action today at Chepstow, where he rides Vujiyama, Tigresse Bleue and Another Kate.
"I'll hopefully be riding," said McCoy, who passed the 4,000 career winner mark at Towcester earlier this month following a Down Royal Festival winner courtesy of Jezki on a rare visit home.
McCoy took a tumble from Dursey Sound at Fakenham, suffering severe bruising.
"The doctor wasn't willing to pass him fit," said Warwick clerk of the course Sulekha Varma.