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Musselburgh: Hanagan lucky to escape serious injury after slipping saddle.

Byline: er: Colin Russell

the day at a glance

Star performance

Arzoo, who won the mile handicap in good style, despite the slipping saddle

Lucky escape

Paul Hanagan, who was unseated by Olivander after his saddle had slipped. He broke no bones, but was stood down for three days after being winded

Back from the cold

Jockey John McAuley, who rode his first winner for 57 days on 20-1 shot Feu Duty

Inquiry

Why aren't breast girths or breast plates more widely used on the Flat to help prevent saddles from slipping?

JOCKEY Paul Hanagan was lucky to escape serious injury after he was unseated from the Gerard Butler-trained Olivander inside the last furlong of the seven-furlong juvenile maiden.

His mount, a half-brother to the smart Medicean, was a 5-6 shot to follow up his good run at York in July when runner-up to Blue Tomato. However, after missing the break, Hanagan had to chase him along throughout.

The horse stuck on really well, but coming to the last furlong it was clear that all was not well with his tack and Hanagan was performing a balancing act to prevent his saddle, which had already gone back, from slipping under his mount's belly.

Unfortunately, his efforts proved in vain, for just as he got within striking distance of the leaders, his saddle went round and Hanagan was thrown heavily to the ground.

"Olivander was a bit keen going to the start and I wondered whether something might have gone wrong then. But Paul said he had it well checked out. I'm so relieved that he is not badly hurt," said Butler.

Hanagan remarked: "I am a bit winded and my neck is beginning to stiffen up but thankfully I've no bones broken. I have been stood down for three days but I'll be all right for Ayr next week. I think the saddle went early in the straight. I knew it was going to go round but I couldn't jump off earlier as I couldn't get my feet out of the irons."

What was already an eventful race provided a thrilling finish, with the Neil Callan-ridden Kibryaa, another of the strong team of Michael Jarvis juveniles, getting home by a short head from Kentmere.

Earlier, jockey John McAuley rode his first winner for 57 days when partnering the 20-1 chance Feu Duty to win the juvenile maiden over five furlongs. The outsider of five made all the running and held on well to beat the

Butler-trained After All by three-quarters of a length.

"This wasn't a strong race so I hope she will get into nurseries on a decent mark," said winning trainer Tim Etherington, who bought her for 6,000gns at Doncaster last autumn.

The third juvenile event of the day, the mile nursery, also produced a long-priced winner with the 33-1 chance Rutters Rebel, partnered by Robert Winston, scoring by three lengths from Little Jimbob. The runner-up was partnered by Tony Hamilton, who was standing in for Hanagan.

"That success wasn't a surprise," said trainer Alan Swinbank. "He had been a bit disappointing, but he had lost his chance at the start on a couple of occasions and was suited by the step up to a mile. I paid EUR58,000 for him at Fairyhouse last year and he's the dearest horse I've ever bought.

"He'll come back here for another nursery in two weeks, but he'll stay a mile and a quarter or more next year."

A slipping saddle failed to prevent Arzoo from gaining his third success of the season in the mile handicap in good style from Bravo Dancer. Ridden by Nicky Mackay for trainer Luca Cumani, the winner's saddle slipped at halfway, but he quickened up well in the straight to score readily by three and a half lengths.

Unlike Hanagan, Mackay was able to stay on board to the finish, but he was then unseated as he cantered back to the winner's enclosure.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2003
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