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McCoy's return delayed

By Frank Brownlow

Published 23/04/2013

Jockey Tony McCoy
Jockey Tony McCoy

Tony McCoy now looks set to miss the start of the new jumps season following his fall at Cheltenham last Thursday.

The Ulsterman will be crowned champion jockey for the 18th successive time on Saturday – with the new season starting the next day.

On Sunday one of his closest racing allies revealed that McCoy's stay in hospital is set to continue through at least the early part of the week.

Jonjo O'Neill, principal trainer to McCoy's employer JP McManus, said that the 38-year-old had informed him that he will remain in the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital as he recovers from injuries sustained when unseated from Quantitativeeasing.

McCoy, who had expected to leave hospital before the weekend despite fracturing ribs in the accident, will miss the Punchestown Festival which starts today.

"I have been texting him and he is going to be staying in for a few more days," explained O'Neill.

"He is still pretty sore but I am not sure of the full extent of his injuries.

"I know his ribs are sore and suppose that it will be a few weeks until he is back."

JT McNamara was yesterday transferred to hospital in Dublin following the serious neck injury he sustained at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

McNamara was injured in a fall from Galaxy Rock at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and had to be airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where he had remained.

The Limerick man's injury resulted in paralysis.

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