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Hanagan not letting up despite extending his title lead.

PAUL HANAGAN extended his lead to five over Silvestre de Sousa in the Flat jockeys' championship when partnering the well-supported Gritstone to win Wolverhampton's 1m1/2f handicap, writes Colin Russell.

A course winner on his previous start, the three-year-old, owned by the Living Legends Racing Partnership and trained by Richard Fahey, was backed down from 6-4 to 6-5 and came with a well-timed run to beat Elijah Pepper by a length and a quarter.

Afterwards Hanagan said: "That gives me a bit more of a cushion, but I'm not going to drop my guard. It's going to be a long, tough week. The horses that Silvestre rides for Mark Johnston are so tough, so I'm certainly not going to let up. I'm so grateful to all the people that have supported me, in particular the boss."

With De Sousa in Australia today to ride in the Melbourne Cup Hanagan has another opportunity to extend his lead further before the rivals meet again tomorrow.

Hanagan added: "I have eight rides at Redcar on Tuesday, then I'm at Nottingham on Wednesday afternoon before helicoptering down to Kempton in the evening."

Hanagan is a best-priced 7-2 second favourite with Bet365 to land next year's championship behind 5-2 shot Ryan Moore. Victor Chandler make Hanagan their 5-2 favourite, with Moore on 11-4. De Sousa is a 9-2 chance with both firms, while Kieren Fallon is 4-1 with Bet365 and 10-3 with Victor Chandler.

Talk of the Tracks, page 12 JOCKEYS' TITLE Paul Hanagan 1-10 Wins 160 Today: 8 rides at Redcar Silvestre de Sousa 15-2 Wins 155 Today: no rides (returns from Melbourne tomorrow) Finishes Saturday
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2011
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