Han’s The Man!
Congratulations must go to jockey Paul Hanagan, who has now won at every flat racecourse in Britain!
His victory aboard Jawaayiz, at Brighton on Sunday, ticked the final box. A great achievement by a fantastic jockey.
Well done, Paul!
5 Paul Hanagan Fun Facts
He was a very late starter and didn’t even sit on a horse until he was 14 years of age.
Hanagan’s childhood dream was to be a professional footballer, but he was told that he was too small.
His first ride came on-board Stone Beck, at Haydock (September 4th 1998).
He’s twice been Champion jockey, successfully defending his 2010 title in 2011.
Despite his huge success, on the track, Hanagan has still only ridden one Classic winner (Taghrooda in the 2014 Epsom Oaks).
Ryan Moore Close To Returning
Ryan Moore, widely-held to be the world’s top jockey, is expected to be back on track very soon!
“I think and hope Ryan will be back sooner rather than later but not this weekend.” said Aidan O’Brien, during the York Ebor Festival.
The Haydock Sprint Cup may come to soon, for Ryan, but let’s hope he’s back in the saddle in time for the St Leger (Saturday 10th September). O’Brien’s Idaho is the hot-favourite and a partnership with the 3-time Champion jockey would be irresistable.
5 Ryan Moore Fun Facts
Ryan’s father Gary is a successful trainer and his siblings (Jamie, Josua and Hayley) are also jockeys.
Moore’s first ever English Classic victory came on-board Workforce, in the 2010 Epsom Derby. He won the Oaks, with Snow Fairy, the very next day!
2010 was an incredible summer, for him. The icing on the cake was his victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (again, with Workforce).
He’s also won Group 1 races in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, UAE, USA and (of course) Ireland.
The St Leger is the only English Classic that is missing from Ryan Moore’s CV!
Apprentice jockey, Adam McNamara has been one of the stars of the current flat-racing season and the 19-year-old scooped his biggest win to date, on Saturday.
He was given the ride on-board Tony Martin’s Heartbreak City and the Lando gelding went-off at odds of 15/2.
McNamara showed great maturity, holding-up the 6-year-old, before allowing him to take the lead with a furlong left to travel.
Heartbreak City won by 4-lengths. Keep your eye on Adam McNamara, as he could have the world at his feet in a few short years.
5 Adam McNamara Fun Facts
Adam was a successful polocrosse player, as a youngster.
He first sat on a horse at 13. by the age of 17, he was riding his first winner at Dundalk.
He regards Johnny Murtagh, who he has worked for previously, as his idol.
McNamara regards Gabrial as the best horse he has ever ridden.
Liverpool are Adam’s favourite football team. Let’s hope their humiliating defeat at Burnley didn’t put a dampener on his weekend!
Govt. Officials Praise Top Jockey School
The Northern Racing College has been given the thumbs-up, from Ofsted.
Rating the Doncaster institution as ‘Good’ overall, Ofsted described it as being ‘Outstanding’ with regards to personal development, behaviour and welfare of the students.
The Northern Racing College was established in 1984 and is highly respected, within the industry. Hayley Turner (OBE) is a former student.