Champion jockey AP McCoy needed treatment to an ankle injury after a fall at ~Fontwell - but it didn’t stop him riding a winner half an hour later.
Not able to make such a quick recovery was fellow rider Johnny Farrelly, who was taken by ambulance to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester with a broken collarbone after a heavier fall in a later race.
Farrelly was hurt falling from Reymysterio in the Moneyback On Short Head Losers @Choicebet Handicap Chase
during Fontwell’s penultimate meeting of 2011.
Jockey Brendan Powell jnr visited Farrelly in hospital and tweeted an update on the rider’s condition: “Johnny Farrelly has broken his collarbone and was knocked out for a while, but is chatting up the nurses and full of humour.”
The race was won by Noel Fehily on Bring It In Home (8/1).
Earlier McCoy went down with a bump while leading in the Debbie McCurry Memorial Beginners’ Chase (Sponsored By Affinity Villas)
The 16-time champion looked about to notch another winner when Nicky Henderson’s State Benefit made an almighty blunder at the third last.
That left the Kim Bailey-trained Real Treasure (7-1), ridden by Sean Quinlan, to win from the favourite Brackloon High.
Of his fall, McCoy said: “The horse landed on me. He was very brave early on and I wasn’t sure I was going that well, so I thought I’d give him a squeeze rather than sitting against him and he just did nothing.
“He went from being very brave to not so brave and it’s unfortunate that he got a heavy fall and he landed on my ankle.”
Despite limping into the paddock, McCoy took the ride on Henderson’s Lets Get Serious (5-4 favourite) in the Wellpool Proud To Sponsor Kirsty Milczarek Novices’ Hurdle.
Even though the gelding looked green after the last, he showed a touch of class in beating Medinas by two and a half lengths.
“He’s a nice type of horse and I was always going well enough,” McCoy told At The Races.
“The horse in front of him kept jumping across him and did everything to try to impede him, but he’s a nice horse with a bit of class.”
Former jockey Keiran Burke has made a great start to his training career as Hunt Ball won his second race in eight days in the Wellpool Building & Maintenance Handicap Chase.
Sent off the 5-4 favourite, Daryl Jacob had one of his easiest rides of the season guiding him to a 13-length win in spite of a 7lb penalty.
Alan King’s great recent run of form continued with the win of Secret Edge - tipped on Tuesday morning on this website - in the Wellpool Proud To Sponsor Leonna Mayor Juvenile Hurdle. Sent off the 8-11 favourite, Robert Thornton rode him out for an eight-length win.
Biggest-priced winner of the day was 20/1 Seamus Mullins-trained shot Forest Rhythm, ridden by Andrew Thornton, in the Tiana Honey Watson Handicap Hurdle.
The Worthing Audi Handicap Hurdle was won by James Best on 5/1 contender Matrow’s Lady, trained by Neil Mulholland.