How many winners has Paul Hanagan ridden for Richard Fahey?
Paul Hanagan, who won the Flat Jockeys’ Championship two years running, in 2010 and 2011, has enjoyed two spells with Richard Fahey. Hanagan first became apprenticed to Fahey, who is nowadays based at Musley Bank in Malton, North Yorkshire, in 1999. Three years later, in 2002, he won the Apprentice Jockeys’ Championship with 81 winners, which was the second-highest seasonal total by an apprentice since World War II.
In 2010, Hanagan rode 191 during the championship period, edging out Richard Hughes to win the jockeys’ title on the final day of the season. He defended his title in 2011, with 165 winners, just four ahead of his nearest rival, Silvestre de Sousa. Buoyed by his success, Hanagan replaced Richard Hills as retained rider to the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in 2012. He was eventually replaced by Jim Crowley at the end of the 2016 season but, reflecting on his time in the famous blue and white colours of Sheikh Hamdan, he said, ‘There’s no regrets, I rode my first Classic winner [Taghrooda], a King George winner [Taghrooda again], rode the champion sprinter in Muhaarar, it was a successful time and I wouldn’t change it for the world.’
Hanagan rejoined Fahey at Musley Bank ahead of the 2017 season, where he has been stable jockey ever since. All told, in a career spanning four decades, Hanagan has ridden a total of 926 winners from 6,664 rides for Richard Fahey, at a strike rate of 14%.