Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:15 PM ET
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Jason Maguire has been brought out of an induced coma after he had part of his liver removed following a nasty fall at Stratford on Monday.
The Grand National-winning jockey rode the John Quinn-trained Scots Gaelic in a two-mile handicap hurdle when he was unseated at the second flight and kicked in the stomach by another horse.
Maguire was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry, where X-rays revealed he suffered a fractured sternum and bleeding on his liver. His wife Lauren was at his bedside today when his other visitors included his agent Chris Broad, who reported earlier in the day that the surgeon had been happy with the way the operation went.
"Chris has been with him since lunchtime at the hospital in Coventry," said Broad's wife, Jane, on Tuesday evening.
"Jason has been brought round out of his induced coma throughout the day. I think he's very aware of who's around him - his wife, as well as Chris and he's had a few other very close friends in to see him today.
"At the moment, fingers crossed, it's going in the right direction."
Maguire was due to be in action at the Cheltenham Festival this week, with RSA Chase hope Corrin Wood one of his headline rides.
Present View survived a lengthy stewards' inquiry to give trainer Jamie Snowden a first Festival winner as he held Attaglance in a dramatic finish to the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.
Brendan Powell, who opened his account at this meeting 12 months ago, brought the 8-1 shot with a well-timed challenge to lead after the third-last, but Malcolm Jefferson's Attaglance put in a strong challenge and his rider Brian Hughes made a daring bid to try to get up the inside on the run-in.
When the door closed, Attaglance was switched to the outside and closed the gap to half a length at the line. Pendra was three lengths away in third and Ahyaknowyerself was fourth.
Before the result was confirmed, Snowden was in no doubt Hughes was the man in the wrong.
Snowden said: "I think the second jockey should never have been there, without a shadow of a doubt.
"If I was the trainer of the second horse, I would be having serious words with my jockey. He should never have been there and I've ridden in plenty of races. It was a ludicrous ride from the second jockey.
"Our horse won on merit. He jumped from fence to fence, he's run an absolute cracker and he's a lovely horse. We're very lucky to have him and it's a massive team effort."
After the stewards announced the placings would remain unaltered, Snowden was moved to tears.
He said: "My heart rate is 170 and I'm told if you jump out of a plane your heart rate is 175. He's a lovely horse and the soft ground through the winter hasn't helped him.
"He probably wants this better ground for three miles. Brendan said he was beat after two fences as he couldn't go the gallop - but he's jumped and stayed and kept on galloping.
"Hopefully he's on an upward curve, but we'll take today."
Speaking before the stewards had made their decision, Jefferson said: "I think it (the interference) has cost him the race. It's very rare you get them now in the stewards' room, but it has definitely cost him. He had a clear passage and was stopped.
"He definitely would have won. Brian said it stopped him, but that's racing.
"The horse has run a blinder. I thought he would and he has. This is a hard place to win, it's harder to finish second and when you think you you should have won, it's harder still."
Our Conor had to be put down following a fall in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The brilliant winner of last year's Triumph Hurdle suffered serious injuries when taking an awful tumble for Danny Mullins and hampering The New One.
The horse was treated for back injuries for some time before vets took the decision to humanely put down the five-year-old.
Trained by Dessie Hughes, Our Conor was bought by Barry Connell after winning the Triumph by 15 lengths 12 months ago.
The British Horseracing Authority tweeted: "Sad to confirm that Our Conor, after extensive treatment by veterinary surgeons, was humanely put down due to a suspected serious back injury."
Barry Connell had made a huge-money swoop for Our Conor last spring, and he said later: "It's very sad, as he was such a young horse at the beginning of his career.
"It's unfortunate, but it goes with the territory - in this game one minute you can have a winner and the next one of your horses can die.
"I've been in this game 40 years, and one of the reasons everyone loves it is that the highs are very high and the lows are very low."
JP McManus has already owned the modern-day king of the Stan James Champion Hurdle in Istabraq and it was to be another green and gold moment on the opening afternoon at Cheltenham as Jezki repelled My Tent Or Yours by a neck in a famous one-two.
Our Conor set off in front, but his fatal mistake badly hampered The New One and allowed Captain Cee Bee, essentially the McManus pacemaker, to assume his duties.
Supporters of 11-4 favourite Hurricane Fly were starting to get anxious two out as Ruby Walsh was already applying the pressure and the Barry Geraghty-ridden Jezki had secured a narrow advantage, while Tony McCoy, who had picked My Tent Or Yours over Jezki, was within touching distance himself but the white cap of McManus' retained jockey could never get past the quartered green and gold, as much as he tried.
McManus said: "The National Hunt season is centred around the Champion Hurdle for me because I didn't have any Gold Cup horses and I'm unlikely to win the Grand National.
"The Champion Hurdle was all-important and full marks to everybody to have their horses looking in mint condition, as well as all the other runners in the race. They were all a credit."
He went on: "I did back Jezki and My Tent Or Yours, and had a saver on Captain Cee Bee. You just hope for one. I thought AP would pick My Tent, but I did think Jezki had a chance.
"They are all special - Istabraq was special, Binocular was special, and this is special."
McManus and My Tent Or Yours' trainer Nicky Henderson both publicly spared a thought for trainer Jessica Harrington's husband Johnny, who was at home in Ireland due to ill health.
Harrington herself said: "I was lucky enough to win a couple of Queen Mothers with Moscow Flyer and I've been second here with Macs Joy. Now I've got the Champion Hurdle on the CV, I've got to get the Gold Cup!
"We put a hood on today, and I think it helped him to settle. Barry has a great record on him, he's ridden for me since he was a teenager and I think he's ridden all but one of my Festival winners.
"I always had great faith in the horse. He's a smashing horse, he really is."