Hanagan Increases Lead But Picks Up A Ban

Increasing his lead over Richard Hughes to nine in the jockeys' title ladder, jockey Paul Hanagan's journey on Sunday to Goodwood scored a winner aboard Celtic Sixpence in the Bet At Bluesq.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Paul Hanagan

Paul Hanagan

The race for the title has grown into a gracious challenge between the two jockeys, with many ordinary race meetings getting the benefit of the interest the riders have created.

Hanagan had his Mick Quinlan trained mount in the lead, or disputing the lead, for much of the race, setting a modest pace to midway, asserting over one furlong out, to record a victory over another Quinlan charge, Its You Again, by two and a half lengths.

It was not all smooth sailing for Hanagan as he picked up a one day ban (October 25) for hitting Celtic Sixpence in the wrong area, but Hughes will also be under a seven day ban from next Saturday.

"I'm normally here for the Glorious meeting but it's lovely to be here on a day like this," said Hanagan, making the most of the good weather.

"The boss had a few runners, so I think I would have been here under normal circumstances anyway.

"We have been up and down the country like maniacs lately and Saturday was a long day for both of us, as Richard was at Ascot and I was at York, then we were both riding in the last race at Wolverhampton.

"I feel OK, I just feel sorry for my wife and kids. It's tougher on Richard than me, as I very rarely have to waste.

"People don't really appreciate what he has to go through every day and you have got to have a lot of respect for him."

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