Jason Maguire has been cleared to take the ride on leading Champion Hurdle fancy, Peddlers Cross, having had his ban for misuse of the whip reduced on appeal.
Maguire had been due to miss the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival but has had one day taken off his suspension, allowing him free to partner the Donald McCain trained horse on Tuesday week.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s brilliant to get back in the Champion Hurdle. It’s all systems go now. Rory Mac Neice and Graeme McPherson (Maguire’s legal team) did a great job. It’s been hanging over me in the last few days but I’ve had a lot of support from fellow jockeys and from people at the races. It’s the right result for the Champion Hurdle.”
McCain was also delighted that his stable rider would be on board the leading fancy come start time for the day one highlight:
“I’m absolutely delighted, that goes without saying, but there’s also a feeling of relief. The whole thing has not been nice to deal with but this is the right result. Cheltenham is the plan now and we just need to get the horse there in one piece! He’s in good form and it’s all on course now.”