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McCoy fumes after five-day whip ban

ESPN staff
November 6, 2011
Tony McCoy will be banned for five days between November 20-24 © Getty Images
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Tony McCoy has been slapped with a five-day ban after falling foul of the new whip rules at Ffos Las.

The champion jump jockey was deemed to have used his whip nine times - once more than the permitted eight - on Jonjo O'Neill's Caddie Master, which finished second in the three-mile pearns.co.uk Putting Patients First Handicap Hurdle won by Frontier Dance.

McCoy, who only returned from a ten-day ban for failing to heed a yellow flag on Saturday, will be suspended between November 20-24.

McCoy told At The Races: "I've been riding for a long time and you ride the way you've always ridden. I gave him a flick after the third-last and obviously I forgot about it, but it was literally a flick and that counts as a smack now. It was barely a flick - I'd have done more good if I'd have patted him I think.

"With the rules the way they are that is what you get five days for. You see jockeys like Brian Harding, Richard Hills and Joe Fanning [getting suspensions]. Someone told me Joe Fanning hadn't had a suspension for 20 years.

"You feel a little bit sorry for the owners as well, as that horse would probably have won six weeks ago. That's the way it is. You are doing your best to get them running - it's all about being competitive and you try to keep within the rules. I feel sorry for the owners and a little bit for the sport too. I used to think this was probably the best place to be riding in the world, but you worry what every other country in the world now thinks of you.

"We're just going to have to get used to it."

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