Hanagan back on Monday

  • Last Updated: August 12 2014, 17:09 BST

Paul Hanagan looks like delaying his return to action until Monday to ensure he can be at peak fitness for the Ebor Festival at York next week.

Paul Hanagan: Returns to action next Monday
Paul Hanagan: Returns to action next Monday

The dual champion jockey has been sidelined since suffering a hairline fracture in an arm following a fall at Glorious Goodwood two weeks ago.

Hanagan's injury is in his lower left arm and occurred when his mount, the Ed Dunlop-trained White Nile, slipped up in the bet365 Summer Stakes.

He had been enjoying a highly successful season, winning the Investec Oaks and the King George VII And Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Taghrooda, as well as the Coral-Eclipse aboard Mukhadram.

Those three Group One wins came in the colours of his boss, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, and his incentive is to be back in the groove to continue his association with Taghrooda in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday week.

Though Hanagan had rides pencilled in at Newbury and Newmarket on Friday, the intention now is to wait a few more days.

"He's ridden out and I think he's going to wait until Monday," said his agent Richard Hale.

"He's not too bad, but he's going to have a bit more physio, have a few more days riding out and then he'll be 100 per cent.

"The cast is off and everything is fine. He just thinks he'd be better having a few more days riding out and getting more physio rather than come back on Friday.

"He's not going to come back until he's 100 per cent so that he'll be ready for York."

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