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McCoy shaken but unbroken after heavy Plumpton fall

Tony McCoy was left stiff and sore but apparently not badly injured after a nasty fall at Plumpton.

The champion jockey was kicked as he came off Teeming Rain in the feature At The Races Sussex National. McCoy had to be helped into the track's medical room after being taken off the course by ambulance, but walked slowly out of the weighing room to return home less than an hour later.

"I got kicked everywhere, to be honest, but I'll be fine," he said.

The record-breaking jockey was stood down for the rest of the meeting, but it looks like he will have plenty time to recover as any prospect of jump-racing taking place this week looks bleak.

Tomorrow's meeting at Taunton has already been abandoned because the course is frozen.

Leicester, also due to race tomorrow, will hold an inspection this morning -- as will Hexham and Southwell who both have little chance of racing on Wednesday.

Both Ludlow and Huntingdown are scheduled to have meetings on Thursday, but both tracks say that they are frozen in places, with the forecast for the cold spell to continue. Thurles are also experiencing problems and, according to course manager Pierce Molony, the chances of racing on Thursday "remain very poor."

Bangor and Fontwell are both pessimistic about any action taking place on Friday, while Ffos Las are hoping for a big improvement in the weather if they're to stage their Welsh Champion Hurdle fixture.

Irish Independent