32Red Handicap 1m 3f
- (3yo, 1m 3f, Class 5, 5 runners)
- Winner £2,911 2nd £866 3rd £433 4th £216
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Fibresand
- Winning time: 2m 25.01s
- Off time: 15:50:46
|2nd||5 Big Kenny||2¾||7/2|
|3||133 9-7||P W Chapple-Hyam||Martin Harley||75||6/1|
Lesha (IRE) 26
|3||128 9-2 h||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||70||2/1f|
Power Up 24
|3||126 9-0||M Johnston||J Fanning||68||11/4|
|3||123 8-11||R A Fahey||T Hamilton||65||6/1|
Big Kenny 11
|3||120 8-8||P D Evans||E J Walsh (5)||62||7/2|
This looks a pretty tight handicap but LESHA has form on the Fibresand and gets the vote on that basis. He won a maiden race here last month and breeding suggests there should be more to come over today's longer trip. Groovejet is on a roll after landing a double on the Polytrack and is another stepping up in trip, along with Power Up. The latter opened her account in a maiden at Wolverhampton and remains on the same mark having had no success in handicaps before that. Big Kenny failed to cope with a harsh-looking 11lb rise for winning over 7f here and was well beaten when attempting 1m2f back in September.
Groovejet 7-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Jazzy Lady (9-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Big Kenny 2-1fav (8-11) Close up, ridden and no impression on leaders over 3f out, headway under strong pressure from over 1f out, just failed to go 2nd, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Excel Best (9-7) at Southwell 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Dec.
Power Up 7-4 (9-0) Pressed leader, led approaching 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec beating L'avenue (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Lesha (IRE) 7-4 (9-5) Close up, ridden to chase leader 2f out, switched right over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Dec beating Master Dan (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Wealth 5-2fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Groovejet (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.