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McCoy to miss Punchestown festival

ESPN staff
April 19, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Tony McCoy suffered broken ribs after falling at Cheltenham on Thursday © Getty Images
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Tony McCoy will miss next week's Punchestown festival after his personal assistant confirmed the jockey had suffered broken ribs following a fall at Cheltenham on Thursday.

McCoy fell from the Nicky Henderson-trained Quantitativeeasing during the International Horse Trials Handicap Hurdle, and after receiving treatment on-course was transferred to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

"Following the fall from Quantitativeeasing yesterday at Cheltenham, AP McCoy remains in Gloucestershire Hospital and is still very sore," McCoy's personal assistant Gee Bradburne said.

"He has broken a few ribs and was being accessed by the doctor when I spoke to him.

"Because of the discomfort, he is still under observation and the doctor will let him go home when he is happy with him.

"He will be too sore to ride at Punchestown next week."

McCoy will win his 18th jockeys' championship next weekend, but is set to spend another night being monitored at the hospital.

"Mr McCoy is in a comfortable condition, however, it does not look like he will be released this evening," a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

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