Jason Maguire will miss the Cheltenham Festival after he suffered a fractured sternum and bleeding on his liver in a fall at Stratford on Monday.
The Grand National-winning jockey was partnering the John Quinn-trained Scots Gaelic in a two-mile handicap hurdle when he was unseated at the second flight and was kicked in the stomach by another horse.
Jason Maguire and Ciaran McKee were taken to hospital after suffering nasty falls at Stratford on Monday.
Maguire, who has three rides at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, partnered the John Quinn-trained Scots Gaelic in a two-mile handicap hurdle when he was unseated at the second flight and was kicked in the stomach by another horse.
Today’s Stan James Champion Hurdle looks one for the purists with a number of strong hurdling pretenders tackling one of the greats of the game in Hurricane Fly.
Taunton’s 4.50, a 2m handicap chase, looks the most interesting track bias angle today. Front-runners/prominent racers do well in such contests, with the running styles of recent winners as follows...
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