Maguire out of coma after Stratford horror fall
Jason Maguire – chief challenger to Tony McCoy in the jockey championship – has been brought out of an induced coma after he had part of his liver removed following a nasty fall at Stratford on Monday.
The Grand National-winning jockey rode the John Quinn-trained Scots Gaelic in a two-mile handicap hurdle when he was unseated at the second flight and kicked in the stomach by another horse.
Maguire was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry, where X-rays revealed he suffered a fractured sternum and bleeding on his liver.
His wife Lauren was at his bedside today when his other visitors included his agent Chris Broad, who reported earlier in the day that the surgeon had been happy with the way the operation went.
"Chris has been with him since lunchtime at the hospital in Coventry," said Broad's wife, Jane, yesterday. "Jason has been brought round out of his induced coma throughout the day. I think he's very aware of who's around him – his wife, as well as Chris.
"At the moment, fingers crossed, it's going in the right direction."
Maguire was due to be in action at the Cheltenham Festival this week, with RSA Chase hope Corrin Wood one of his headline rides.