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Tony McCoy beer can incident probed

By Frank Brownlow

Worcester racecourse will today begin an investigation into an incident in which a beer can was thrown at champion jockey Tony McCoy.

The Ulsterman rode a stunning 66-1 four-timer at Worcester but was targeted after finishing second on board St Helena in the last race.

A man was removed by security officials after the can was hurled at McCoy.

Worcester Racecourse's management have pledged to thoroughly investigate Friday night's incident.

Kate Hills, from Arena Racing Company, said: "We've been in touch with AP and expressed our concerns.

"We told him we will thoroughly investigate the incident and will take appropriate action."

The British Horseracing Authority said it would also request a report from the racecourse.

Saint Helena hit the headlines earlier this month when landing a gamble at Southwell after McCoy was named as a late jockey change.

It is not believed the two incidents are connected.

The 40-year-old won on El Namoose, My Direction, Marju's Quest and Petrovic – all four in succession – as he continued his relentless march towards an incredible 20th successive champion jockey title.

The Ulsterman's big target this season is to become the first jockey to ride 300 winners.

He is currently on 134, 81 clear in the title race, after racking up his fastest ever century.

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