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Tony McCoy - Wincanton

Tony McCoy: likely to make a delayed start to the new season

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McCoy's return to action likely to be delayed

TONY McCOY looks likely to make a delayed start to the new season after one of his closest racing allies revealed that the perennial champion jockey'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 on Sunday that his Grand National-winning rider had informed him that he will remain in the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital as he recovers from injuries sustained when unseated from Quantitativeeasing at Cheltenham last Thursday.

McCoy, who had expected to leave hospital before the weekend despite fracturing ribs in the accident, will miss the Punchestown festival and is set to give his rivals a start in the pursuit of what would be, after his latest championship coronation on Saturday, a 19th consecutive title.

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

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