Maguire was riding David Nicholson's Desert Fighter in Hereford's opening hurdle race, and was approaching the last flight on the first circuit when his mount ducked out and unseated him.
"Adrian had X-rays at a local hospital which revealed a break," Dave Roberts, Maguire's agent, said last night. "The severity of the injury is not yet fully known, but clearly he will be out of action for some time."
With Dunwoody's principal employer, Martin Pipe, still saddling plenty of winners, a third consecutive title for the Ulsterman now seems inevitable. Maguire, who has youth on his side, will surely claim the championship in time, but having been so close last season, his disappointment and frustration at yesterday's injury will far outweigh any physical pain.
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