EVEN over the marathon distance of 2m2f for today's totesport Chester Cup, the Roodee's draw can have jockeys and trainers cursing their luck.
But despite concerns over the draw, Warrington jockey Paul Hanagan is hoping the Chris Fairhursttrained Fairhurst Rahwaan can provide him with the biggest win of his career.
With low numbers preferred on the turning track at Chester, Hanagan has a lot of work to do to get to the front from stall 13. But he still goes there today hoping his horse can improve on his fourth place in last year's renewal of the race.
The 22-year-old rider said: "Hopefully he has got a good chance, but the worry is the draw. He is in 13 and connections would hope to make the running on him. But if he breaks well and gets across well and I don't have to use him up too much then he should have a big race."
Rahwaan was fourth behind Hugs Dancer 12 months ago and ever since his recent victory on his first start of the season at Doncaster last month, the Chester Cup had been the five-year-old's big target.
Hanagan, the former champion apprentice whose biggest win was in the John Smith's Cup at York two years ago, will be riding Fairhurst's charge for the first time.
He said: "He won at Doncaster very well under Johnny Murtagh, so he is in good form and everybody is looking for a big run from him."
Hanagan nominated favourite Anak Pekan, drawn well in stall four, as the main danger to everybody in the race.