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  • (3yo+, 5f, Class 2, 10 runners)
  • Winner £11,972 2nd £3,583 3rd £1,792 4th £897 5th £446
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
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  • Winning time: 0m 57.66s
  • Off time: 13:00:38
  • Last Updated: December 4 2013, 16:29 GMT

Adam Kirby was in red-hot form at Lingfield with a four-timer for the rider including both of the £19,000 feature races.

Adam Kirby: Scored on Forest Edge
Adam Kirby: Scored on Forest Edge

One of those, Forest Edge, will be aimed at the All-Weather Championships Finals Day following his fast finish as 3-1 favourite for the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

It was a third consecutive win on the Polytrack for David Evans' sprinter following recent successes at Kempton and Wolverhampton.

"He missed the break but came through and won it cosy in the end," said Evans.

"I don't know the key to him, but maybe he has just grown up. I think he is a proper horse.

"There is a race for him back at Lingfield next week (Wednesday, December 11) and he will probably run there all being well.

"The long-term aim is Good Friday. There won't be races for him every other week so after his next run we will probably give him a little break, but he does carry his condition well and doesn't need breaks."

Kirby said: "Forest Edge is very tricky in the stalls and he gives himself a bit of an impossible task when he doesn't jump.

"He made up a lot of ground at Wolverhampton, but that win has done him good because he travelled better today and came through horses with more confidence.

"He's improving and once I got him rolling, I always knew I would get there. He is quite talented and is going the right way."

Kirby made all the running on Mark Johnston's Marshgate Lane (5-2) in the other class two, the Coral App Download From The App Store Conditions Stakes.

He also picked up division one of the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap on Shaunas Spirit (6-1) and the Coral Mobile "Just Three Clicks To Bet" Handicap on 5-4 favourite Mallory Heights.

The most interesting winner of the day was Lady Cecil's three-year-old filly Grasped (5-2 favourite), who took a while to get the hang of things in the Ladbrokes Maiden Stakes but made a late strike to get a head in front of Secular Society.

"She gave me a good feel, and you'd hope there was more to come, given normal improvement," jockey Tom Queally told At The Races.

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