Top jump jockey retires

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  • Adrian Maguire has decided to hang up his boots due to a neck injury caused by a serious fall earlier this year

    Adrian Maguire shocked the racing world yesterday (Monday 28 October) when he announced he is retiring from the saddle.

    The 31-year-old Irishman, who has not ridden since suffering serious neck injuries in a fall from Luzcadou at Warwick in March, is widely regarded as the best jump jockey never to havebeen champion.

    It is with great sadness that, on medical advice, I will not be returning to race-riding. A substantial portion of my neck is fixed rigid and the remainder of my neck is more susceptible to injury,” he said. “I will betaking time to discuss the future with my family.”

    Maguire has been told by the Jockey Club’s medical adviser, Dr Michael Turner that he would not be able to pass him fit to ride.

    Maguire’s most memorable victories were on Cool Ground in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Florida Pearl and Barton in the King George V1 Chase and Viking Flagship in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

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