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Hanagan fails to find Group win
2:42pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
PAUL Hanagan was unable to help Soft Falling Rain maintain its unbeaten career after finishing a one-and-a-half length second to Gregorian in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.
The Mike De Kock-trained four-year-old was the well fancied 9/4 favourite for the race, but was headed inside the final furlong to end a run of victories that had included back-to-back Group triumphs at Dubai’s Meydan course earlier in the year.
The two-time Champion Jockey was also on board the Brian Meehan-trained Testudo in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes earlier that day, but finished a disappointing eighth.
The Latchford-born jockey then switched his attention to York’s Ebor meeting yesterday, Wednesday, taking the mount on four horses, including rides for current boss Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum as well as former boss and trainer Richard Fahey.
The highlight of the day was Hanagan’s Group 3 Acomb Stakes ride on board the Alan Jarvis-trained juvenile Lady Lara, but they could only manage fourth behind surprise winner Treaty of Paris, The Great Gatsby and Il Paparazzi.
The 32-year-old jockey's four rides at York today, Thursday, include piloting the Fahey-trained Eastern Destiny in the listed Galtres Stakes at 4.20pm, before finishing his day on Maktoum’s Ghasabah.
Hanagan is back in Group action again on Saturday, when he heads to Goodwood for the Group 3 Prestige Stakes and the Group 2 Celebration Mile.
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