Cheltenham Festival: Injured Jason Maguire ruled out

Cheltenham Festival 2014

  • Dates: Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 March
  • Times: 1330-1715 GMT. Champion Hurdle Tue, Champion Chase Wed, World Hurdle Thur, Gold Cup Fri, all 1520

Coverage: All 27 races on Radio 5 live & Sports Extra. Live text commentaries, results, reports on BBC Sport website

Jockey Jason Maguire is to miss jump racing's Cheltenham Festival after suffering a fractured sternum and bleeding on his liver in a fall at Stratford on Monday.

Maguire was unseated from Scots Gaelic in a two-mile handicap hurdle and was kicked in the stomach by another horse.

He was airlifted to hospital, where X-rays revealed significant damage.

The Grand National winner was due to have three rides on the first day of the Festival on Tuesday.

Niall Hannity, a friend of Maguire, said from the hospital on Monday: "He's definitely out of Cheltenham and his wife, Lauren, is with him."