Britain’s Champion Jockey in 2010 after an epic duel with Richard Hughes (Hughes was 22 winners behind at one stage but cut that to one with three days left; the final winning margin was two winners) and again in 2011, after a similarly epic battle with Silvestre De Sousa, whom he beat by just four winners.
The third northern jockey in 105 years to win the championship. Rode 1,102 races during the 2010 season with 191 winners and 1,133 races in 2011 with 165 winners, with trainer Richard Fahey providing him with most of his ammunition. He was also crowned Champion Apprentice in 2002.
From 2012 he has had a new retainer as first jockey to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum following the retirement of Richard Hills. Hanagan continued to ride for Richard Fahey when available and the duo teamed up for their domestic Group 1 success with Mayson in the 2012 Darley July Cup at Newmarket, a key race in the Sprint division of the QIPCO British Champions Series.
In 2013 he secured a single QIPCO British Champions Series victory in the Nayef Joel Stakes when bringing home Soft Falling Rain in impressive fashion.
2014 started brilliantly for him when he partnered Taghrooda to a runaway victory in the Investec Oaks, claiming his first Classic victory. Next he took the Coral-Eclipse on board Mukhadram, making up for his unlucky third place in the race a year ago, and the QIPCO King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Taghrooda marking a breakthrough season for him in terms of Group 1 victories.
In 2015, Hanagan secure himself a series double with the very talented Muhraar, firstly in the Darley July Cup on Newmarket’s July Course, before another impressive victory in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at QIPCO British Champions Day.
Hanagan would go on to secure that same race again in 2018, but this time aboard a Richard Fahey-trained horse in Sands of Mali. The result was certainly a surprise according the the betting that day (28/1) although all the signs were there after his second in the Commonwealth Cup earlier in the season.