British champion jockey Paul Hanagan is hoping to add quality to quantity in 2012 as he seeks his third title in succession.
Hangan beat Silvestre de Sousa by 165 to 161 winners this season but had to work really hard in the closing weeks and admitted afterwards that he may not have the appetite to do so again in 2012. However, in recent weeks he has had a change of heart:
“If I can recharge the batteries and have a good rest then I might think ‘well I might give it a good go’.
“I say [I won’t go for it again] every time but they sort of ask you the question straight after you get off the horse – it’s the worst possible time they can ask.
“But I want to go on in the game for another 15 or 20 years so I can’t carry on the way I am.”
Although he has been champion for the last two seasons Hanagan has yet to ride in the Derby or win a British Classic. He is therefore looking to put that right this coming season:
“When people are asking me at the end of the season if I am going to give it another go I am saying it has got to be about thequality now rather than championships,” Hanagan told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I want to try and get better rides now. I think we are going to struggle to get another Wootton Bassett for a while but you never know when you have a two-year-old just how they are going to turn out. I was relying on Wootton Bassett to take me to the next level again but unfortunately he didn’t.”