Tuesday 26 March 2019

'A young lad from school nutted me, turning' - Tony McCoy sporting black eye at Cheltenham after football injury

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 12, 2019 AP McCoy at the Cheltenham Festival REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 12, 2019 AP McCoy at the Cheltenham Festival REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Harry Clarke

It was just like the old days for Tony McCoy as the record-breaking jump jockey turned up on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival sporting a black eye.

The multiple champion broke about every bone in his body during a 20-year career in the saddle - but revealed he suffered this latest injury playing football and not in the saddle.

"I was just asked to do a bit of sparring with Anthony Joshua, and he caught me one!" he initially joked when asked about the cause of the injury by his broadcast pundit colleagues.

"No, I actually did it playing football. A young lad from school, George, nutted me, turning. I should have known better, but I'm used to it. I was used to it," McCoy told ITV Racing.

The extensive list of injures McCoy sustained during his many years riding included a broken leg, arm, ankle, both wrists, shoulder blades, collar-bones, cheekbones and all of his ribs.

He has also broken several vertebrae in his back, suffered punctured lungs and had all his teeth replaced.

McCoy, 44, retired at the end of the 2014-15 season - having won virtually every major prize in the sport, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Chase and the Grand National.

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