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Wootton gives Hanagan first Group One.

Byline: Chris Wright

TITLE-chasing jockey Paul Hanagan landed his first Group One victory as Wootton Bassett continued his unbeaten run with a superb win in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.

Now the Warrington rider and trainer Richard Fahey are dreaming of Classic success next season with the Iffraaj colt, with Betfred cutting him to as low as 8-1 for next year's 2,000 Guineas.

Stan James, Blue Square, Paddy Power and Boylesports go a more tempting 16-1 behind 9-4 favourite (Paddy Power) Frankel.

Hanagan and Wootton Bassett led from start to finish in the seven-furlong contest, quickening clear inside the final two furlongs to win by two and a half furlongs from Maguiri and Tin Horse, who dead-heated.

Hanagan said: "The race went perfectly to plan for us and really it's all about enjoying the moment.

"I've waited such a long time for my first Group One and now it has happened."

Paul Hanagan and Wootton Bassett Fahey added: "We wanted to make plenty of use of him as we felt he would stay well.

"He's the first proper Group horse I have had since Utmost Respect, and you would have to look down the Classic r oute now.

"I put him in the Irish Guineas a while ago and I will put him in the English and French Guineas as well."

It was a good weekend for Hanagan, who still leads in the title race by nine from Richard Hughes. Both had two winners on Saturday, but Hughes picked up a six-day ban (October 16-22) at Wolverhampton.

Hughes is set to appeal, but if he fails it could prove crucial if Hanagan can take advantage of his absence.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 4, 2010
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