AP McCoy injury: Racing legend reveals injury at Cheltenham 2019 | Racing | Sport

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The legendary jockey is part of the ITV punditry team for Cheltenham 2019.

McCoy won a host of races over the course of his riding career.

He suffered his fair share of broken bones during his time.

And even though he’s not a jockey anymore, McCoy is not averse to the odd black eye!

McCoy was in front of the ITV cameras as the broadcaster kicked off today’s racing coverage.

And he was asked why he has a black eye.

“I was just asked to do a bit of sparring with Anthony Joshua!” he joked.

“Nah I was just playing a bit of football.

“I should know better but I’m used to it!”

McCoy, 44, has revealed how much he put his body on the line to make Cheltenham each year.

“In 2008 I broke my back at Warwick, I had fractures between my T9 and T12 vertebrae,” McCoy told William Hill.

“That happened on January 12, and you know that Cheltenham is in two months.

“I go to the hospital and I get told that I have these fractures and the doctors want to put me in a body cast.

“I had an argument with the doctor because the body cast would be for three months but I need to get sorted [for Cheltenham].

“Somehow or another, I managed to convince him to operate on me and put two plates and four screws either side of my back.

“He did it and still told me I wasn’t going to be able to ride at the Cheltenham Festival. I managed to ride on March 10 or 11, the Friday before Cheltenham.

“I think about my great achievements riding horses but I think that was probably one of my best achievements, to get back on a horse seven-and-a-half weeks after having two metal plates put in your back.

“I went to Cheltenham knowing if I fall in a certain way that could be it. But I new I was going to fall, I was just hoping it’s not it.

“I’ve never been to a Cheltenham Festival where I haven’t had a fall.”



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