Former Grand National winning jockey Jason Maguire has been forced to retire from riding on medical grounds. Maguire has failed to get the all-clear from the BHA medical team, so he wouldn’t get his licence renewed. After the fall at Musselburgh in February 2015 where Maguire suffered a significant back injury. The jockey slipped multiple slipped discs in his back. Maguire was forced to have surgery in a bit to cure the problem, but it hasn’t been successful.
Maguire’s agent Chris Broad told the Racing Post “Jason informed me this morning that he will not be returning to racing for medical reasons. He is, therefore, retiring as he will not pass the medical for his licence to be renewed.”
In what has been a nightmare two years for Maguire, as he suffered from two career threating injuries. On the eve of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival Maguire had a life-threating fall at Strafford, where the jockey suffered a broken sternum. Maguire was placed in an induced coma by medical staff. The jockey overcame this huge set back only for the injury jinx struck again, though, and this one was just a bridge too far. Maguire will be remembered for his 2011 Grand National win on Ballabriggs. The jockey rode over 1000 winners during his career, including five group 1 winners. Maguire’s best season came in 2012/13 when he rode 144 winners and was runner up to Sir AP McCoy in the champion jockey standings.