McCoy suffers day to forget with 'kicking' in Lexus fall
TONY McCOY endured a day to forget at Leopardstown yesterday, and will have to pass the doctor if he's to ride at Newbury today after hurting his wrist in a fall.
The Antrim native's fall from Kempes at the second-last fence in the Lexus Chase compounded a wretched day for the recently-crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Firstly, the jockey's Dublin flight from Birmingham was cancelled, so he was forced to divert to Heathrow and missed his first two mounts on the seven-race card. And then he hurt his left wrist when falling from Kempes, but he opted not to go to hospital, preferring to leave the track with an ice-pack on his wrist.
The 15-times champion jockey later said on Twitter that he wasn't shaken too badly by the knock: "Had a fall in Lexus, bit of a kicking but looking forward to tomorrow. Not been great day."
But the record-breaking jockey will still have to get the go-ahead from the doctor at Newbury if he's to partner favourite Big Buck's in the AP Wins Sports Personality Long Walk Hurdle. McCoy will be anxious to get the green light as he has a strong book of rides at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited return of jump-racing on these shores yesterday was greeted with warm enthusiasm as 10,278 turned out at Leopardstown -- which helped to almost double the Tote turnover from last year to €503,534.54
While champion trainer Willie Mullins recorded a double -- courtesy of the Cheltenham prospect So Young and staying hurdler Mourad -- the day belonged to Noel Meade, who saw his gambled-on Pandorama land the featured Lexus Chase.
Pandorama was sent off the 7/2 joint favourite having been backed in from 6/1 and Paul Carberry guided him to a smooth success.
Meade went on to complete a double as Davy Condon partnered 3/1 favourite Prima Vista to an impressive victory in the two-mile handicap hurdle.