McCoy ‘deeply affected’ by death of Synchronised

Tony McCoy says he will never forget Synchronised, the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who died in the Grand National.

The champion jockey has been deeply affected by the 14 April race in which his mount and another horse, According To Pete, suffered fatal injuries.

McCoy told BBC Sport he was reluctant to speak about the Aintree contest.

“It is one of those terrible things you wish would never happen. Certainly Synchronised is a horse I won’t ever forget,” he said.

Synchronised fell at the sixth fence, Becher’s Brook, but continued riderless for another five fences before fracturing his leg.

Seventeen-time champion McCoy said: “It is a race that I have been trying to forget about rather than talking a lot about for the obvious reasons.

“Like any big sporting event, the start is very important and my position as a jockey has been to get a good start in the race.

“The Grand National being as high profile a race as it is will always create a little bit more publicity than some of the others. It is one of those things. Everyone is trying to do what’s best for horse racing so hopefully we will get it sorted out.”


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