Jason Maguire: misses the Cheltenham FestivalPICTURE: Getty Images
Fractured sternum rules Maguire out of festival
JASON Maguire was on Monday night ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival after fracturing his sternum in a crashing fall at Stratford.
The Grand National-winning rider was flown by air ambulance to hospital in Coventry where he was also found to be suffering from internal bleeding.
Racing UK presenter Niall Hannity, who was staying with Maguire for the festival and accompanied his wife Lauren to the hospital, said: "I can confirm that Jason has fractured his sternum and he has bleeding on his liver.
"The surgeons are deciding what to now so they might operate this evening or monitor Jason's condition, but he is definitely out of Cheltenham."
Conditional rider Ciaran McKee was also injured in the same handicap hurdle but left the course for hospital by ambulance. McKee was said to be badly concussed, having been unconscious for four minutes.
Maguire was unseated from Scots Gaelic at the second hurdle, while McKee suffered his fall from Descaro at the next obstacle.
Maguire was due to have three mounts on Tuesday at Cheltenham, starting with Un Ace in the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
He had also been booked for Muldoon's Picnic in the Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase and Doyly Carte in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.