Paul Hanagan 'disappointed' after split with owner Sheikh Hamdan

Paul Hanagan (right) with Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum
Paul Hanagan (right) was crowned champion jockey in 2010 and 2011

Two-time champion Flat jockey Paul Hanagan says he is disappointed his four-year partnership with owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has come to an end.

Hanagan, 36, was announced as Sheikh Hamdan's first-choice rider in 2012 after the retirement of Richard Hills.

The alliance came to an end with two rides at Wolverhampton on Friday.

"Sheikh Hamdan is a true gentleman," said the Warrington-born jockey. "It's been a privilege to ride for him."

Hanagan was crowned champion jockey in 2010 and 2011 before he was appointed by Sheikh Hamdan, a member of Dubai's ruling family.

"It is too early to say what my plans are for the future, but I will continue to work as hard as ever," said the jockey.

Hanagan is close friends with Freddy Tylicki, 30, who was paralysed from the waist down following a four-horse pile-up at Kempton on 31 October.

"I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say that we are all praying for him," said Hanagan.

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