Sport Horse Racing

Friday 19 January 2018

Hanagan doubles up to close in on jockeys' title

Thomas Kelly

Paul Hanagan took another step towards being crowned champion jockey for a second successive season with a double at Redcar yesterday.

With less than a fortnight of the turf season remaining, Hanagan took his tally for the campaign to 156, leaving him nine winners clear of Silvestre de Sousa and 13 ahead of six-times champion Kieren Fallon.

Fallon took five rides on the same Redcar card, but the Clare man was unable to find the target. Hanagan got off the mark by guiding 11/2 shot Future Security to a narrow win in the Double Trigger Maiden.

Fallon donned the Godolphin first colours on Mahmood Al Zarooni's Zaeem and looked like collecting heading into the final furlong. But Hanagan brought the Saeed bin Suroor-trained apparent second-string Future Security with a late charge to get up by a neck.

Hanagan then brought 7/2 shot Body Language home in front in the staying handicap.

"It's been a bit of a long haul, but I've enjoyed it a lot more this year," Hanagan stated. "I can't sit back on my laurels. When you think you've done it, that is when it will all fall down on top of you. Kieren has been riding absolutely brilliantly all year and he's a guy I really look up to.

"Silvestre also keeps pulling these four-timers out of the bag. You can't drop your guard."

Jockey Patrick Mathers fell foul of the controversial whip rules, receiving a seven-day suspension for using his whip with excessive frequency when scoring on 8/1 chance Valentino Oyster in the seller.

Czech rider Iva Milickova was later given a nine-day ban for the same offence after guiding True Satire to finish second in the maiden, while Shirley Teasdale also got seven days for using her whip with excessive frequency aboard Greenhead High, second in the apprentice handicap.

At Leicester, Sadeek's Song upstaged French Derby fourth Colombian to cause an upset in the Sir Gordon Richards Conditions Stakes.

Ryan Moore stood in for the injured Frankie Dettori and got a fine tune out of the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained three-year-old. Colombian loomed large over two furlongs out, but found disappointingly little when asked to go about his work by William Buick.

The 4/6 favourite was surprisingly outpointed by the Godolphin-owned colt, which appeared to show vastly improved form on his previous three efforts.

Irish Independent

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