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CHANELLE McCoy, wife of champion jockey Tony McCoy, has told how their baby son is recovering at home after a successful heart operation.

Antrim-born Tony and Chanelle kept watch last week after seven-month-old Archie underwent surgery at a London hospital.

Chanelle, from Galway, said: "He came out of hospital on Wednesday.

"We have a paediatric nurse with us for a while helping me look after him.

"Knowing that she is there and that he is in good hands, I just thought I would come for the day.

"It is just a case of managing the pain at the moment. The operation was very successful."

Earlier this week, the 39-year-old jockey said concern for his son's welfare had made it the most difficult build-up to a Cheltenham festival for him in 20 years.


Chanelle said finding out one of your children was unwell put everything into perspective, but added Tony was delighted to have rode a winner in the first trace at the four-day festival.

"He was thrilled," she said. "He felt that the man above gave him his good luck. He felt he was blessed already in coming to Cheltenham. He had a great result."

The mother-of-two told how the family had been inundated with messages wishing their daughter a speedy recovery.

"People were genuinely concerned and wishing Archie well," Chanelle said, explaining she was planning to travel straight home to be with their son after the racing.