Fitzgerald and Maguire are to face civil lawsuit

A civil lawsuit is to be issued against Adrian Maguire and Mick Fitzgerald by their fellow jockey Peter Caldwell whose riding career was brought to an end by a fall in a race at Hexham six years ago.

A civil lawsuit is to be issued against Adrian Maguire and Mick Fitzgerald by their fellow jockey Peter Caldwell whose riding career was brought to an end by a fall in a race at Hexham six years ago.

The action, which is to be heard at the High Court in Manchester in December, concerns an incident during a race at the Northumbria track in 1994 after which Maguire and Fitzgerald each received three-day bans from the stewards for careless riding.

Caldwell's mount, Fion Corn, tripped over another jockey, Derek Byrne, who had been unseated from Royal Citizen when that horse had little room to manoeuvre and was trapped against the rail.

Caldwell, 36, damaged his spine in the accident and has not ridden since. He is now a part-time car salesman.

* Johnny Murtagh, who won Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sinndar, sustained a muscle injury to his neck when unseated on the way to the start at Fairyhouse yesterday and must pass the course doctor if he is to ride at Thurles today.

* Mick Channon's Coventry Stakes winner CD Europe, John Gosden's Hill Country and Sean Woods's Lucayan Chief are the British-trained acceptors for the Grand Criterium at Longchamp on Sunday.

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