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Hanagan strengthens grip on title

Paul Hanagan's double contrasted with a major net loss for Silvestre de Sousa on a day when all three champion jockey aspirants were in direct competition at Nottingham.

Brazilian-born De Sousa, who had rattled off four winners at Pontefract on Monday to close on second-placed Kieren Fallon, drew a blank from five rides but, far more seriously, incurred a four-day suspension.

Defending champion Hanagan won on Changing The Guard (12-1) and Figaro (6-5 favourite).

De Sousa was found to have caused interference when second aboard Teide Peak to Fennell Bay in the EBF Maiden Stakes.

The jockey, who will sit out meetings on October 19, 20, 21 and 24 although did not rule out appealing, said: “It seems a bit harsh.”

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