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Published: 12:56 | 5/5/16

Maguire calls it a day


Grand National-winning jockey Jason Maguire has announced his retirement from the saddle.

Maguire suffered slip discs in a fall at Musselburgh in February 2015 and has been unable to get clearance to return to race riding due to a troublesome sciatic nerve.

With the BHA unable to issue him with a licence, the 36-year-old has decided to call time on his career.

"It's disappointing, but the news has been expected, to be honest," his agent Chris Broad said.

"He was a top, top top-class rider, it wasn't long ago that he split AP McCoy and Richard Johnson in the championship - that's how good he was."

Maguire won the Grand National aboard the Donald McCain-trained Ballabriggs in 2011 and he enjoyed success at the Cheltenham Festival as he partnered Galileo (2002), Peddlers Cross (2010), Cinders And Ashes (2012) and Son Of Flicka (2012) to victory.

"He's had some memorable days, no one can ever take a Grand National win away from him and he's enjoyed good days at Cheltenham, too," Broad said.

"He's been a very good man to work with, he lives locally to me and we get on well but unfortunately his body is no longer responding how he wants.

"There is a life after racing and luckily for him he has already got his lined up with the Rooney job.

"Obviously he'll still miss it, and it is very different being forced to retire rather than retiring on your own terms. It's much harder to cope in this situation when the decision is made for you.

"He was very stylish and very strong, but there comes a time when it has to end."

On the eve of the 3014 Cheltenham Festival he was seriously injured in a fall at Stratford. He was placed in an induced coma after sustaining a fractured sternum and required an operation to have parts of his liver removed.

"I went to hospital to see him after the Stratford fall," said Broad.

"After seeing the state he was in there anything was a bonus after that and while it's disappointing for him it's ended at least he's in one piece, if not quite 100 per cent.

"He's been one of the best."

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