Setback for Maguire's title hopes
JASON MAGUIRE'S hopes of wresting the jump jockeys' title off Tony McCoy in England suffered a setback when he was found guilty of his fifth whip offence in as many months at Cartmel yesterday.
The Meath jockey is facing a big ban after he was referred to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) when the local stewards held an inquiry into his riding of Atlanta Falcon, which was caught close home by Papa Caruso in the handicap chase.
Maguire struck the runner-up 10 times from the final bend, which warranted a suspension of between two and six days. Because that was Maguire's fifth such offence within the last six months, the stewards referred the jockey to the BHA.
A contrite Maguire, who lies second to McCoy in the jockeys' championship with 33 winners, took the setback on the chin, saying: "I broke the rules."
Meanwhile, Sea The Stars secured his first winner as a stallion as Mark Johnston's Stars Over The Sea made it third time lucky at Ayr. Stars Over The Sea was 1/2 favourite to get off the mark in the seven-furlong maiden and duly beat Longton by three lengths.