CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy will be kept in hospital overnight for observation following a fall at Cheltenham.
McCoy was partnering the Nicky Henderson-trained Quantitativeeasing in the Barbury International Horse Trials Handicap Hurdle when the gelding stumbled at the second flight, throwing McCoy into the air.
While he was conscious after the fall, he had to be stretchered off the track and was given oxygen on his way to the medical room by ambulance.
Following assessment at the track, McCoy was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and will spend the night there when it is then expected he will be released on Friday.
The lucrative Punchestown Festival takes place in Ireland next week where McCoy could expect to ride several well fancied horses for his boss, JP McManus.
A statement issued jointly by Dr Mark Allan of Gloucester Royal Hospital and Lisa Hancock of The Injured Jockeys Fund.read: "Tony McCoy will stay in Gloucester Royal Hospital overnight after a heavy fall at Cheltenham.
"He has remained fully conscious and able to use all his limbs.
"We will continue routine observation overnight and fully expect him to be released tomorrow."