Two-time champion jockey Paul Hanagan, who retired in August after a quarter of a century in the saddle, has taken up a new challenge after becoming assistant to up-and-coming trainer Craig Lidster.
"I'm assisting Craig and it's working out well," Hanagan said. "I do about four days a week there and I'm trying to help him as much as I can. We go back a long way and we're good mates.
"He wanted a new adventure and I bent his arm up his back to come to me," said Lidster. "He's got the knowledge and the contacts. If he's riding a horse on the gallops, he'll know what type of track it might want and how best to ride it. Also, he'll try to entice new owners into the yard and help the business grow.
"My landlord has put money into the yard and the business and looking at it this year, we could end up full up with 60 horses."
Asked whether his move is a step towards becoming a trainer in his own right one day, Hanagan replied: "I certainly wouldn't say no and put it out of the equation, but I'm quite happy with the way things are now. Assistant trainer is just like being a trainer really, and I like the way things are going and don't see why I would change it.