Paul Hanagan will return to horse racing action on Saturday at Sandown Park a week after a hard fall at Newmarket. The 31-year-old Brit was riding No Dominion when the colt tangled with another runner in the £150,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Cup.
Hanagan was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for x-rays but doctors cleared him for the Coral-Eclipse flat race this weekend. “I have been surprised how well it has healed. I’ve had plenty of icing and physio and it seems to have done the job. It was the femur of my right leg and left elbow. I couldn’t really bend them at first,” Hanagan told the Daily Mail.
On Saturday, Hanagan’s mounts will include Marcus Tregoning’s Hawaafez which won the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury in May. "He's fine now, it was always the plan to come back on Saturday," said Hanagan's agent Richard Hale. "He's got two rides at Sandown and he'll just ease back in gently. With the July meeting next week it's important he's right for that."
Hanagan has twice been crowned champion jockey on the flat in Britain, riding 165 winners in 2011. He’s in his first season as retained jockey to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Punters will have an opportunity to wager on seven races at Sandown on Saturday afternoon. In order of running, the races include:
· The Bet on the Move with coral.co.uk Mobile Handicap Stakes
· The Coral Charge (Registered as the Sprint Stakes) (Group 3)
· The Coral Challenge (Handicap)
· The Coral Distaff (Listed)
· The Coral-Eclipse (Group 1)
· The Coral Marathon (Registered as The Esher Stakes) (Listed)
· The Text Coral to 65559 for Mobile Betting Handicap Stakes
In other horse racing news, Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni will appear at a British Horseracing Authority hearing on August 16 after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. According to reports, urine samples from Mariner's Cross and Lyric of Light contained traces of the banned substance propoxyphene.
Mariner's Cross tested positive for propoxyphene after the colt won the Wood Ditton Stakes at Newmarket in April 2012. Lyric of Light’s sample was taken after finishing last in the 1000 Guineas in May. Al Zarooni faces hefty fines while both horses could be disqualified from their races.