Maguire looking forward to festival

Jason Maguire is hoping to savour a second success at the Cheltenham Festival next month.

The 25-year-old already has a promising book of rides including Idle Talk and Lord Of Illusion, both trained by Tom George who provided Maguire with success on Galileo in the 2002 Royal & SunAlliance Novices’ Hurdle.

Maguire said: “Lord Of Illusion loves Cheltenham and he loves good ground. He looked a real improving sort last season but needed his first couple of runs back this time.

“His run behind Joaaci at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day was an excellent effort.

“He’s in the totesport Gold Cup and I think he’ll also be entered in the William Hill National Hunt Chase – but I’d say he’s a definite for Cheltenham.”

Of Idle Talk who holds entries in the Gold Cup and SunAlliance Chase, Maguire added: “Idle Talk is an out-and-out stayer and really needs soft ground.

“I’m looking forward to getting on him again – he’ll have improved from his win at Exeter last month and is a really exciting horse and a great long-term prospect.”

Having experienced the joy of partnering a winner at the Festival, Maguire is keen to ensure another winner is not long in coming.

He added: “Winning on Galileo was just unbelievable – it was only the horse’s second run over hurdles and it was such a surprise really.

“It means the world to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival – everyone takes notice when you have success there, and hopefully this year I’ll go with my strongest book of rides yet.”

More in this Section

Home thoughts from abroadHome thoughts from abroad

At war for the survival of Rugby CountryAt war for the survival of Rugby Country

Bournemouth end long wait for a win at SouthamptonBournemouth end long wait for a win at Southampton

City boss Fenn still looking for first win; Dundalk close in on titleCity boss Fenn still looking for first win; Dundalk close in on title


My seven-year-old stood tall, whispered “bravery” to herself and stepped into the pitch-black dungeon. I stood there and watched her disappear.Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

Dr Phil Kieran says head lice is incredibly common among school children and offers practical advice on how to remove the crawlers with easy treatments.Tackling head lice: Easy treatments to remove itchy creepers

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

More From The Irish Examiner