Racing: Maguire hits back at critics

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ADRIAN MAGUIRE started his new year as a freelance jockey with two winners from three rides at Cheltenham, clear evidence if any were needed that he remains a force to be reckoned with. Baronet, last year's Scottish National winner, initiated his double in the four-mile chase, prevailing by a length and three-quarters after a tussle with Him Of Praise. "This horse has been good to me, and the faster the ground the better for him," he said.

Maguire's second win came after he had negotiated the twists and turns of the cross-country course on Linden's Lotto and, as with Baronet's success, the rider received a rousing ovation from the crowd.

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