Hanagan Scores a Century

The fantastic season for Paul Hanagan has continued unabated after he attained and overtook the 100-winner target at Ayr obtaining a treble.

Paul Hanagan

Paul Hanagan

The jockey negotiated a lone victory in 10 rides across the weekend but was back in the winners circle in Scotland as he further promoted his advantage at the peak of the jockeys' table.

Hanagan turned in an imposing appearance in the EBF Maiden Stakes for Richard Fahey, his retained trainer, reaching his century on Goldenveil.

The filly got off the mark with ease as she dashed seven lengths clear of Spring Bouquet, Hanagan triumphantly punching the air in victory as they crossed the line.

On obtaining the target, 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 and delighted with that.

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"I'm delighted to do it here as Ayr is a place I've done well at over the years.

"When you are riding plenty of winners your confidence is high and you get off one winner and on to the next horse still feeling very confident.

"When things are happening, the gaps seem to come for you at the right time and it just seems to drop right."

The jockey was thrilled with the performance of the winning filly and feels the testing underfoot conditions suited her ideally.

"I pulled her out wide as I didn't want to complicate things. I thought there was a lot of dead wood coming back at me on the rail and I just wanted to keep it simple," Hanagan added.

"When she got to the front she's just ducked to the rail, but I wasn't that far away from it anyway so I just guided her up there all the way up the straight.

"She did it well and I think the big thing was that she loved the ground."

The Division One of the El Toro Grande Dos Handicap saw the jockey's 101st triumph soon after, as Hanagan steered Jim Goldie's, Glenluji, to an every bit as forceful victory easily striding clear to win by five lengths from Frontline Girl.

"I said to Jim afterwards I thought he'd come on leaps and bounds since he won at Musselburgh last month," Hanagan said.

"He switched off beautifully today and ran all the way to the line. I was very surprised he handled the ground but he actually seemed to love it."

Completing the treble in the Best Odds Guaranteed At Victor Chandler Handicap, Hanagan and favourite Silent Lucidity hung on for a close win over Forrest Flyer.

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