McCoy hit by whip ban
AP McCoy picked up an unwanted pre-Cheltenham holiday when he was banned for four days for excessive use of the whip in a thrilling finish on his only ride at Leicester yesterday.
The champion jockey, who has only recently returned from a lengthy lay-off after breaking his ribs in a fall, fell foul of the whip rules when driving 9/4 favourite Prince of Pirates into a dead-heat in the Cavalry Novices Limited Handicap Chase.
He was banned from March 1 to March 4 inclusive for using his whip with excessive frequency.
McCoy got on level terms in the very last stride of the two-mile-seven-furlong race to earn half of the spoils in a pulsating duel with his long-time rival Richard Johnson, who was on the 4/1 shot Brackloon.
Brackloon's trainer, Johnson's father-in-law Noel Chance, said the horse could well be aimed at the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.
McCoy's misfortune was in contrast to another of his long-term rivals, Ruby Walsh, who took advantage of Davy Russell's suspension to pick up a double at Clonmel. Walsh took over the plum ride on the 1/7 favourite Edeymi and then scored on Bishopsfurze (4/9) for Willie Mullins.