Monday 11 December 2017

Century delight for Hanagan

Ashley Iveson

Paul Hanagan's sensational season shows no signs of faltering after he secured and passed the 100-winner mark with a brilliant treble at Ayr yesterday.

The British title-chasing jockey managed just a solitary winner in 10 rides over the weekend but was back in the groove as he stretched his lead at the top of the jockeys' table. Hanagan reached his century on Goldenveil, which turned in an impressive display in the opening EBF Maiden Stakes for his retained trainer Richard Fahey.

Sent off the even-money favourite on the back of a debut third, the filly had little trouble in getting off the mark as she swept seven lengths clear of Spring Bouquet, allowing Hanagan to punch the air as they passed the post.

Reflecting on reaching the milestone, Hanagan said: "Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I'd ride 100 winners at this time of the year. I don't really get carried away very often, but I was chuffed with that.

"It is incredible to do it this early. The season couldn't have gone much better but I just hope it can continue -- there is such a long way to go."

The Liverpool-born rider's 101st victory soon followed as Hanagan guided Jim Goldie's 4/1 chance Glenluji to an equally emphatic win in Division One of the one-mile handicap.

The five-year-old loomed up passing the two-furlong marker and easily strode clear to score by five lengths from Frontline Girl. The hat-trick was completed in the staying handicap as Hanagan and 5/2 favourite Silent Lucidity secured a narrow success.

Elsewhere, Snow Fairy is to have a well-deserved rest after her impressive Darley Irish Oaks victory to add to her success in the Epsom equivalent.

The Yorkshire Oaks, the Prix Vermeille and the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf are among the options for the three-year-old but trainer Ed Dunlop will take stock first before committing the filly to future targets. "She was amazing," he said. "She coped with the ground, but both Ryan (Moore) and I believe she is better on decent ground."

Irish Independent

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