All About Jockey Series – Paul Hannagan

Guest post written by The Jag

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I am delighted to annouce a new guest blogger today – the Jag who runs the horse racing tips site This guy is an ex-bookie and knows his horses. Enjoy!


I want to say a big thanks to Michael for allowing me to guest write on his blog. My name is the Jag and I run a good honest tipping service at the I love my horses and love writing about them.

Every week for the next few months I am going to be looking at specific jockeys and trainers you need to be aware of.

First off, I am going to be looking at a the UK’s leading flat Jockey who has won the title Britain’s Champion Jockey, not once, but twice! The 2010, and 2011 winner Paul Hanagan is one of the hardest working jockeys, having over 1000 runs a year, helping him win the Championship.

Hanagan lives in Malton, North Yorkshire, was born 8th September 1980, and is married to Anna with two children., He is a regular jockey for Richard Fahey, with a height of 5ft 4ins, and a riding weight 7st 12lbs. One of the notable horses that he copped some good wins was Wootton Bassett, but his first winner was Pandjojoe, at Haydock Park in 1998, which is one of his favourite courses, along with York.

When he was a young boy he was good at football. He actually wanted to play football for Liverpool but this never went anywhere as he was considered too small. Football’s loss however was horseracing’s gain, and he turned to racing after his father Geoff steered him that way, his father always wanted to be a jockey himself after all!

Hanagan is the regular jockey for Richard Fahey, and they go back a long time after the young Hanagan joined after spending a year with nearby trainer Malcolm Jefferson.

He arrived at the Fahey yard wanting to ride for one of the best. His ability quickly shone through and came to fruition when he was crowned champion apprentice in 2002.

He became Britain’s Champion Jockey in 2010 after a brilliant duel with Richard Hughes, who was 22 winners down at one stage, but grafted hard and cut the difference to one with three days left to go! Hanagan proved to be the better jockey, with few people having the 33/1+ price for him at the beginning of the season. He was the third northern jockey in 105 years to win the championship.

His next Championship win in 2011, was a battle between him and De Sousa, who had closed to within four wins difference going into the final day. The Brazilian De Sousa had four rides to Hanagan’s seven at the Doncaster meeting on the last day, but, when he failed to win on his first mount -True Bond – in the 1.25 race, then the Yorkshire-man Hanagan’s title was confirmed. A good solid win.

Comparing himself to Dettori, he says: “I think Frankie’s one in a million, but I’m the total opposite. If I tried to do a flying dismount I’d break my leg or something… I’m a quiet person.”

A hard working Northerner, and salt of the earth.

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  1. Great write up,but H-O-W do I get rid of that bloody Twitter panel to the left of the page??

    1. Hi Jay, thank you. If the Twitter panel is covering it just means you need to widen the browser window a little bit, it will automatically move off it when it has enough space.

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