It’s never easy when you take a fall as a National Hunt Jockey and I suspect that most consider themselves more than just lucky to be able to get up and walk away but over the last few week, particularly at the Cheltenham Festival the number of serious jockey injuries has really started to pile up.
Jason Maguire, who rides primarily for trainer Donald McCain, was the first to suffer serious damage when, at Stratford Racecourse, he was unseated from Scots Gaelic at the second flight in a two-mile handicap hurdle and kicked in the stomach by another horse.
He was subsequently airlifted to University Hospital Coventry, where X-rays revealed he suffered a fractured sternum and bleeding on his liver which resulted in having part of it removed and was put into an induced coma while he had an operation.
At the time Niall Hannity, who was with Maguire tweeted the following: “After a few worrying hours, glad to report Jason Maguire has had a successful operation on his liver.
“He remains sedated overnight and will reassessed in the morning. Will update then. His wife, Lauren, is grateful for all messages of good will. Tough sport, top lad.”
After that successful operation Maguire’s agent, Chris Broad advised “He’s made good progress over the weekend.”
Jason Maguire was then moved to hospital closer to home where he now recuperating with his agent Broad saying: “It’s been a week since Jason’s fall. He’s up and about and all being well, he will be moved to Gloucester today or tomorrow, if a bed is available.
“I’ve not spoken to him, but he’s sent me a few messages and a picture. He’s been up and about and had some fresh air.
“I’ve no idea yet when he’ll back riding. He was poorly last week and he had some more blood given to him.
“I’m speculating he won’t be in Gloucester too long once he’s moved there. He’s made good progress over the weekend.”