Tip of the day: Minor claims

Ian Ogg takes a chance with a handicap newcomer from a yard that is gradually finding its form at Warwick this afternoon.

Warren Greatrex, trainer of Reilly's Minor

Reilly's Minor, 2.40 Warwick

By the time I come through every morning, my dog is wagging her tail and raring to go for another day of fun and excitement and that's a little how I felt when I scanned the cards last night and how I'll feel again (work permitting) by the time I've got into the swing of the day around noon.

There's a Listed race at Kempton tonight followed by a handicap where two of the leading ante-post fancies for the November Handicap have been re-routed along with some likely looking sorts in the maidens etc.

There are some potentially smart youngsters in action at Fairyhouse and Chepstow with some competitive handicaps thrown in and the fare is much the same at Warwick where the card gets underway with a 'match' between two highly touted individuals.

Barry Geraghty is at the West Midlands track to ride one of them while he will also be on board Which One Is Which who had to play second fiddle to her year older smart half-sister Copper Kay in a Listed bumper when last seen.

Those races are full of promise and there is always the hope that you might see a potential top notcher which is not the case in the Jockey Club Ownership Syndicate Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle where a chance is taken on Reilly's Minor.

He has twice finished third at Warwick, firstly in a bumper behind the subsequently disappointing Shambougg and latterly in a novice hurdle behind Stowaway Magic. Both pieces of form, along with his bumper fifth behind the smart Jenkins at Newbury suggest that the handicapper may have taken a chance in allotting a rating of 105.

It has been a relatively slow start to the season for trainer Warren Greatrex but he has had two winners from 10 runners this month which doesn't suggest he's wholly out of form and Warrantor ran well at Cheltenham at the weekend.

The switch to handicap company should provide Reilly's Minor with a more realistic chance of being competitive and the track should suit the son of Westerner who often makes the running; he's worth chancing at around 15/2.

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