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A normal day at the office: Tony McCoy on Pure Poteen yesterday at Worcester racecourse, where he later fell during the ironically-titled Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary race.

A normal day at the office: Tony McCoy on Pure Poteen yesterday at Worcester racecourse, where he later fell during the ironically-titled Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary race.

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A normal day at the office: Tony McCoy on Pure Poteen yesterday at Worcester racecourse, where he later fell during the ironically-titled Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary race.

Tony McCoy went for precautionary X-rays in Cheltenham following a nasty fall in the last race at Worcester yesterday.

The 18-times champion jockey from Moneyglass was dramatically unshipped from the Rebecca Curtis-trained Keep Presenting at the first flight of the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary Maiden Hurdle.

Keep Presenting jinked badly left and also brought down the Noel Fehily-ridden St Johns Point in the process, with McCoy also getting a kick for his troubles.

McCoy received lengthy treatment from Worcester's medical team, but he was able to walk into an on-course ambulance for further treatment and appeared to have escaped serious injury.

Worcester clerk of the course Keith Ottesen said: "He's got chest bruising and has gone for precautionary X-rays, which he has done under his own steam, under the guidance of the racecourse doctor. He was walking, he got a shower and got dressed, it was purely precautionary."

Meanwhile Homage was far from disgraced in the Cambridgeshire on his latest start but should find the This Isn't The 'Stan James Champion Hurdle' Stakes at York a less competitive proposition.

William Haggas' four-year-old is perhaps not the most reliable of fellows, but he should be good enough to take the Stan James-sponsored handicap over eight and a half furlongs.

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The gelded son of Acclamation has always threatened to win a big prize, but he has hitherto never quite been able to carry it through.

Despite having won on his seasonal bow at Haydock last year, for instance, Homage largely struggled in 2013 and was transferred from Jeremy Noseda's stables into the care of Haggas.

The switch brought with it an immediate response as he galloped two and a half lengths clear in a fair race over this trip at Windsor in April.

Homage was then tapped for toe a little over a mile at Kempton, but he served notice in the Cambridgeshire that the handicapper does not yet quite have his measure.

Haggas must have been heartened by his 10th-placed finish at Newmarket, where he was beaten six lengths by Bronze Angel after having endured a fair bit of jousting for position inside the final furlong.

With Ryan Moore at the helm for this engagement, the signs looks promising, especially as North Yorkshire is forecast to miss much of the rain which has afflicted large chunks of the nation this week.

SELECTIONS: CARLISLE: 2.10 Wyfield Rose, 2.40 Voyage A New York, 3.10 Water Garden, 3.45 Dark Glacier, 4.20 Rolling Maul, 4.50 Final Assault, 5.20 Innis Shannon.

DUNDALK: 5.40 General Marshall, 6.10 Mansuri, 6.40 Lady Mandeville, 7.10 Bleu Ciel Et Rouge, 7.40 Slipper Orchid, 8.10 Havelock Ellis, 8.40 Broadway Musical, 9.10 Shadagann.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.20 Sykes, 2.50 Turn Over Sivola, 3.20 Any Given Day, 3.55 Taquin Du Seuil, 4.30 Barton Rose, 5.00 Tuskar Rock, 5.30 More Buck's.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Ashkari, 6.20 Atalanta Bay, 6.50 Sleepy Blue Ocean, 7.20 Kubeba, 7.50 Master Zephyr, 8.20 Excilly, 8.50 Bogsnog, 9.20 Black Dave.

YORK: 2.00 Acolyte, 2.30 Long Awaited, 3.00 HOMAGE (NAP), 3.30 Quintus Cerialis, 4.05 Ardlui, 4.40 Storm Rock, 5.10 Showboating.

DOUBLE: Homage and Long Awaited


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