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McCoy facing two weeks out

EARLY indications are that Tony McCoy will be sidelined for a fortnight after being sent to hospital yesterday with rib fractures sustained in a fall at Taunton.

McCoy was riding Laudatory for Nicky Henderson when the 11/4 favourite fell at the last when out of contention and he then got kicked by a horse's hoof.

The Antrim native, due to have four rides at Warwick today, confirmed the news on Twitter last night: "Broke a few ribs so not 2 bad, hopefully back 2 work very soon just need the doctor 2 let me out of hospital now and I'll be happy."

On past form, of course, you could not rule out his surfacing at Cheltenham tomorrow -- but he can certainly afford a holiday.

Richard Johnson, as always his least distant pursuer, had earlier ridden his 99th winner of the campaign when Menorah outclassed two rivals in the novice chase.

Having wisely side-stepped Sprinter Sacre at Kempton earlier this week, the 1/4 shot betrayed his inexperience by crashing through the last.

"I'd like to give him some more practice," Philip Hobbs admitted. "Richard thought he was going to stand off, and in fact he put down.

"There's room for two runs before Cheltenham."

Menorah remains 14/1 with Coral for the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at the Festival.

Irish Independent