Features | 15th January 2024

Dual champion Flat jockey Paul Hanagan is looking forward to being back in the winner’s enclosure, despite retiring from the saddle last summer.

He has launched his own syndicates in association with The Good Racing Company, the organisation behind former Rugby League star Rob Burrow’s racing club which raises vital funds in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

Paul, who gave Rob’s club its first ever winner at Beverley in August on Macarone, has two Flat horses and a yearling in training with up-and-coming young York handler Craig Lidster.

“I’ve been working with Craig and the team for a few months now and am excited to have my own runners,” says Paul, who rode over 2,000 winners in an illustrious career that brought him Classic success as well as consecutive jockeys’ titles in 2010 and 2011.

“Craig is a talented young trainer and his Eboracum Stables are really impressive. It’s a great environment to bring owners into and I can’t wait to get some winners on the board with my carefully selected horses.”

Paul Hanagan with syndicate horse Alfa Kellenic

Paul has teamed up with Sky Sports Racing presenter Simon Mapletoft to syndicate three-year-old Havana Grey filly Alfa Kellenic, who made a promising start when finishing fourth in a Southwell novice stakes early in the New Year.

He also has five-times winner Innse Gall in training with Lidster along with a Kodiac filly out of Group 3 winner Nations Alexander, who will hopefully be ready to race early in the new Flat season.

“Alfa Kellenic is a lovely scopey filly who has been given plenty of time and has shown promise in both her starts, while Innse Gall is a ready-made fun horse who will give his shareholders a lot of enjoyment.

“The facilities for owners at Eboracum are second to none. We have a plush owners’ lounge with a large balcony overlooking the gallops,” adds Paul, who ended last year with two awards from the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) and Go Racing in Yorkshire acknowledging his achievements in racing.

He is also set to play a pivotal role in raising more funds for charities through his newly appointed position with The Good Racing Company. As well as launching his own syndicates, he has become their first director of racing and will work with the organisation to help more good causes like the Burrow 7 Racing Club.

“I’ve long admired The Good Racing Company and think the concept has enormous potential to redefine racing by exciting and united people around good causes,” he adds. “It’s already raised a great deal of money for Rob Burrow and the MND community and I look forward to helping the organisation grow and raise money for causes close to my heart, as well as celebrating a few winners of my own.”