McCoy ended up in the Gloucestershire Royal Infirmary after a fall from Quantitativeeasing at Cheltenham last Thursday. He reflected on that moment yesterday, saying, “I knew something was not right as I had pain in my chest region and when they took me to hospital I feared the worst.”
McCoy had expected to be released the following, but with an 18th title long in the bag, there was no urgency for him to start riding again, and, for once, did as he was told. He told the Racing Post, “The reason I’ve been in hospital for a lot longer than I anticipated was the fact that the ribs I cracked were impinging on my breathing and the doctors were worried about me getting a serious chest infection as a result. As a quick return was out of the question and there was no way I would be fit to ride at Punchestown this week, there did not seem a lot of point in not listening to the advice, so I stayed in hospital.”
Read between the lines there and we’ll see that if there had been any chance of riding in Ireland, McCoy would have taken it, and the jockey very nearly made up his own mind that he could go there. He said, “It was not difficult to decide what I should do as Punchestown was out of the question, even though I nearly convinced myself I could ride there, but then a reality check kicked in and I decided to heed the advice.”
As far as a return to action goes, all he is saying is “sooner rather than later”. His thoughts are no longer about this season, which ends on Saturday at Sandown, but to “trying my hardest to secure another championship.” Rest assured, he will.