Paul Hanagan, who has long been attached to the North Yorkshire stable of trainer Richard Fahey, is the current British champion jockey after becoming the first northern-based rider to top the standings since Kevin Darley took the honour in 2000.
At the start of last season he was a 40/1 chance for the Flat jockeys’ championship but enjoyed a fantastic 2010 as he topped the table from the season’s first day and never relinquished the lead, clinching the championship on the final day of the Flat season in November with 191 winners, two more than his closest rival, Richard Hughes.
Hanagan was born in Warrington, Cheshire on 8 September, 1980. His father Geoff briefly rode as an apprentice and Hanagan undertook a nine-week course at the British Racing School having spent time learning the ropes with local trainer Terry Caldwell. He moved to Malcolm Jefferson’s Malton stable and, having briefly tried to be a jump jockey, joined Richard Fahey’s nearby yard as a 17-year-old.
His first major win came in the 2002 John Smith’s Cup on Vintage Premium and many of his other biggest successes have come in valuable handicaps for Fahey. His Group winners include Anna Pavlova in the 2008 Lancashire Oaks, Utmost Respect in the following year’s Duke Of York Stakes and Barefoot Lady in the 2011 Nell Gwyn Stakes. Wootton Bassett provided him with a first Group One triumph in 2010 when winning the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, having previously taken two valuable sales races.
The Liverpool FC-supporting rider is married to Anna, who works for Fahey, and has two sons – five-year–old Josh and Sam, who was born in January, 2010. After winning his title, Hanagan was invited to Anfield on 4 January, 2011, for a Premier League game between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers. At half-time, he was taken onto the pitch where legendary Liverpool striker Ian Rush re-presented him with his championship trophy in front of the Kop.
He is currently locked in a close battle with Silvestre De Sousa for the 2011 jockeys’ championship.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut in 2011.
Hayley Turner, the joint champion UK apprentice jockey in 2005, is generally acknowledged as the most successful female rider to emerge in the 400-year history of the Sport of Kings in this country. Born on 3 January, 1983, in Nottingham, Turner was taught to ride by her mother, a riding instructor.
She started riding out for trainer Mark Polglase, who supplied her first winner, Generate, at Pontefract on 4 June, 2000. She also attended the Northern Racing College, and then was apprenticed to Michael Bell in Newmarket. Turner became the first woman to be crowned champion apprentice when partnering 44 winners during the 2005 Flat (turf) season, sharing the title with Saleem Golam. She also became only the fourth woman in Britain to ride out her claim, following Emma O’Gorman, Alex Greaves and Lisa Jones.
She has ridden in Dubai over the winter months, including for Godolphin. Her success during the 2005 season led to Turner being awarded a Lester for apprentice jockey of the year, the first woman ever to land the award. Turner’s first and to date only Group One victory came in July, 2011 aboard Dream Ahead in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. She is only the second woman to have ridden a Group One winner in Britain and the first to win one outright as Alex Greaves’ success came when her mount Ya Malak dead-heated with Coastal Bluff for the 1997 Nunthorpe Stakes.
Turner competed in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot in 2006 and nearly won the Les Ambassadeurs Club Shergar Cup Mile when going down by a short-head on Tucker. She enjoyed her first victory in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in 2007 when she won the Barclays Shergar Cup Juvenile with 33/1 chance Relative Order and finished second behind Australian Hugh Bowman in the Silver Saddle standings.
Turner was also on the mark in 2008 when she captained the GB team for the first time, scoring aboard Gee Dee Nen in the St Hallett Shergar Cup Stayers. That same year, she became the first female jockey to partner 100 winners in a calendar year in Britain.
Turner was forced to miss four months of the 2009 Flat season after an incident on the Newmarket gallops that March, when catapulted from the horse she was riding and knocked unconscious. Turner’s injuries – bruising to the brain – were originally considered serious enough that her licence was suspended for a year. However, following an appeal hearing at the BHA in July, she was declared fit to resume race riding and was back in action at Ascot the following day.
She captained the GBR team for a second time at the 2009 Shergar Cup, winning the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint aboard Noverre To Go, and filled the same role for a third time in 2010 when successful on Yorgunnabelucky in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge but her team finished last.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Wins: 2007 Relative Order; 2008 Gee Dee Nen; 2009 Noverre To Go; 2010 Yorgunnabelucky.
Born on 14 July, 1978, Jim Crowley hails from Ascot, where his parents trained point-to-pointers and reared him on a diet of hunting and showjumping. His first two jobs were with trainers John White and Ron Hodges and although he first made an impression as an amateur on the Flat, he soon switched his attention to jumping, attached to Sue Smith’s West Yorkshire stable. He rode around 300 winners over obstacles, including the 2005 Lanzarote Hurdle on Crossbow Creek, before deciding to concentrate solely on the Flat.
Based at Pulborough, Crowley rode principally for his sister-in-law Amanda Perrett before being signed up as stable jockey to Ralph Beckett in 2009. His first Group One triumph came aboard the Karl Burke-trained Lord Shanakill in the 2009 Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly and he enjoyed a first British Group One success when the Robert Cowell-trained Prohibit landed the 2011 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
His biggest wins on the level also include Bulwark in the 2008 Chester Cup, Lord Shanakill in that year’s Group Two Mill Reef Stakes, Illustrious Blue in the 2010 Group Three Sagaro Stakes and Group Two Goodwood Cup, Puff in the 2010 Fred Darling Stakes and Credit Swap in the 2010 Cambridgeshire. He made his Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup debut in 2010 when his best placing was third aboard Submariner in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge. He is married to Amanda Perrett’s sister Lucinda.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins: (0)