Sunday 25 March 2018

Hanagan's Ayr hat-trick

Paul Hanagan continued to make the most of the absence of title rival Silvestre de Sousa as he secured his second treble in the space of 24 hours at Ayr yesterday.

Brazilian ace De Sousa briefly hit the top of the jockeys' table last week, but while he sits on the sidelines through suspension, the reigning champion is making hay, with three winners at Thirsk on Monday evening followed up with a 90/1 hat-trick in Scotland.

Hanagan now has 97 winners, seven ahead of his major adversary, and the highlight of his day at Ayr was victory on recent Newmarket winner Swiftly Done, which took the Pimm's Handicap.

Still travelling well in arrears turning for home, Hanagan kept his 6/1 blinkered mount covered up for as long as possible before unleashing him inside the final furlong. "He won well again today and Paul has given him a beautiful ride," said trainer Declan Carroll.

Hanagan was on the mark again in the Tennent's Lager Handicap as She's Got The Luck just managed to hold off the unlucky Smart Violetta.

The champion then finished the day on a high and delighted punters as he delivered 15/8 jolly Blown It late to record a cheeky win in the six-furlong handicap.

Tom Eaves, meanwhile, recorded a quick-fire double, following up his victory on favourite Lady Layla in the opening juvenile maiden with success aboard Ian Semple's Blues Jazz in the one-mile handicap.

Irish Independent

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