Racing: Maguire returns

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ADRIAN MAGUIRE returns to the saddle at Fontwell today maintaining that the quest for the jockeys' title is not uppermost in his mind. The 22-year- old's lead has been whittled down to just six by Richard Dunwoody while he has been suspended for 10 of the last 11 days for riding offences.

'I just want to get back and start riding winners. I'm not worried if I don't land the title, it's not something I'm setting out to win,' he said yesterday.

David Nicholson, who retains the Irish challenger, has helped Dunwoody close the gap by supplying him with several winners, but Maguire said: 'That's not something that has worried me. David Nicholson has a job to do in that he needs to get the best available for his owners.'

He admitted his rival deserves to be favourite for the title in the bookmakers' lists. 'Martin Pipe (who retains Dunwoody) has an enormous string and he will probably have runners right up until the end of the season, unlike David Nicholson,' Maguire said.

Maguire schooled horses at Nicholson's yard during his break and has also practised his new riding style. 'I have been taking a close look at it and have concentrated on keeping the whip low,' he said.

Maguire's agent, Dave Roberts, said: 'I've already booked him 27 rides this week. He'll always be in demand.'

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