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Published: 12:22 | 21/9/16

Flanagan becomes Meade's number one

Sean Flanagan has succeeded Paul Carberry as stable jockey to Noel Meade.

Carberry spent most of his career as Meade's stable jockey but he was forced to announce his retirement from race-riding last month due to a leg injury.

It was thought Meade would not appoint a new number one but the County Meath handler has confirmed that Flanagan will be his new stable jockey.

“We have three good lads in Ger Fox, Jonathan Moore and Sean, who will all be getting rides, but Sean is number one. He’s a rider I like and he’s done really well since joining me. He has lovely hands on a horse and he’s a nice lad I can rely on," Meade told the Racing Post.

Flanagan turned professional in 2007 and the 28-year-old is is delighted to have been appointed as Meade's number one.

"It’s fantastic news. Davy Condon had a great career here as number two and I thought I would get plenty of opportunities even if Paul Carberry came back," he said.

“There are so many horses to look forward to. I galloped alongside Apache Stronghold this morning and he was sound as a pound and looks to be back to himself. Noel has some cracking young horses who have come from the point-to-point field. It’s so exciting. His schooling facilities are the best I’ve ever seen.”

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