Cheltenham: Jason Maguire to miss Festival as ban stands

Jason Maguire (right) with trainer Donald McCain
Jason Maguire (right) rides regularly for trainer Donald McCain

Jockey Jason Maguire will miss the Cheltenham Festival for the second year running after his appeal against a 14-day ban was dismissed.

The 2011 Grand National-winning rider was suspended under the "non-triers" rule at Ludlow on 18 February.

Maguire missed the 2014 Cheltenham meeting after being seriously injured in a fall on the eve of the fixture.

The 34-year-old Irishman's ban runs from 4-17 March, with the four-day Festival starting on 10 March.

Maguire finished seventh at Ludlow on the Ben Pauling-trained Born To Succeed in the Onny Maiden Hurdle.

Pauling was also penalised and his original £3,000 fine remains. Born To Succeed, a five-year-old gelding, is suspended from running for 40 days.

Maguire, who won the National at Aintree on Ballabriggs, was found guilty by stewards of "schooling/conditioning the horse on the racecourse".

His mount finished 23 and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, 20-1 shot King Alfonso.

Jason Maguire's five Cheltenham Festival wins
2012 - Son of Flicka (Coral Cup), Cinders And Ashes (Supreme Novices)
2010 - Peddlers Cross (Neptune Hurdle)
2008 - Whiteoak (Mares' Hurdle)
2002 - Galileo (Neptune Hurdle)

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