Racing tip of the day

  • By: Will Hayler
  • Last Updated: October 3 2013, 16:57 BST

Paul Hanagan needs his lightest saddle, but the struggle with the scales may be rewarded with Manchestar at Warwick today, according to our Will Hayler.

Manchestar on the gallops at Richard Fahey's yard (Sal Smithson)
Manchestar on the gallops at Richard Fahey's yard (Sal Smithson)

Manchestar - 16.40 Warwick

With the two £25,000 finals of the Jockey Club's Grassroots series taking place, there's some highly-competitive and half-decent racing to look forward to at Warwick this afternoon.

According to the racecourse, some rain is due to reach the track midway through the afternoon but conditions remain on the fast side of good at this stage.

Even the big stables can recognise the value in having a runner in a contest such as the Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Series Final in which the prize money goes down to sixth and is around twice as much as might be expected for a normal contest of its type.

Consequently, there are runners from the Stoute, Cumani, Dunlop and Gosden stables - none of whom would be the most regular visitors to the track - in the contest, but I fancy Richard Fahey might be able to bring this pot back north to Yorkshire.

Dolphin Village won well for Sammy Bell last night and the apprentice keeps the mount here, meaning Fahey has turned to old friend Paul Hanagan for the mount on stablemate Manchestar.

Fahey hasn't been able to use Hanagan's services as much as he might have liked this season - no surprise given the jockey has principal owner Hamdan Al Maktoum to keep happy - but the trainer still likes to turn to his former number one when the opportunity allows.

At 8st 2lb, Hanagan will be riding at near enough his minimum weight and that could be considered a tip in itself.

But I also have a strong suspicion that Manchestar is going to be strongly suited by today's big field, given the way that he has ruined his chances more than once this season by refusing to settle in the early stages.

He showed two starts ago what he is capable of when his jockey is able to win the fight from the start and his latest effort when second in a four-runner field where the drop back to a mile was against him must be counted as another decent effort.

Unexposed at this trip - but looking likely to appreciate it - and untried in a bigger field where he should get a decent early gallop, this improving three-year-old makes plenty of appeal at double-figure odds.


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