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Sir Anthony McCoy hits out over ‘disgraceful’ ban on Cheltenham jockey

• McCoy: ‘I’m embarrassed for the BHA’
• Stewards punished three riders after National Hunt Chase

Sir Anthony McCoy spoke of his disgust with racing’s ruling body during an ITV broadcast from the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday, expressing in vivid terms his unhappiness about bans handed out to jockeys who rode in the National Hunt Chase on Tuesday. Stewards punished three jockeys for continuing in the marathon race when, in the stewards’ view, their horses were tired and should have been pulled up, but McCoy noted that one of those jockeys had eventually finished third and insisted he had therefore done nothing wrong.

“I’m embarrassed for the British Horseracing Authority,” said McCoy, the 20-times champion jockey. “Talk about bringing racing into disrepute. The horse that finished third, Jerrysback, he [Declan Lavery] got 10 days for that … I never thought at any stage that he did the wrong thing.

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