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21-October-2018
21-October-2018 15:54
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by Admin

We ended an extremely challenging 24 hours on an upbeat note on Saturday afternoon after Bags Groove gained a pleasing victory in a highly competitive novice chase at Ffos Las.

We had been completely out of luck in the run up to his race with heavy traffic preventing Winston C reaching Haydock in time for his race on Friday after our lorry took over eight hours to reach the track.

Things did not improve on Saturday with Firmage Burg refusing to jump off in the Mares maiden hurdle at Ffos Las and Aine O’Connor ending up on the floor on both our runners at Market Rasen including Black Mischief who looked to be coming with a winning run when he came down at the final flight.

So my confidence was shaken by the time Noel Fehily arrived in the paddock at Ffos Las before the £15,800 Novice Chase.

I did ask him if he was sure he wanted to take part on Bags Groove but of course he went out and gave him a typically classy ride, getting him into a nice rhythm over the fences without allowing the leader too much rope.

Bags Groove then moved ahead four out and comfortably saw off the challenge of the useful mare Jester Jet by two lengths with the rest a long way behind.

He had run well on his debut over fences at Uttoxeter in May over two miles which is too short for him and showed the benefit of that experience at Ffos Las.

Bags Groove does appreciate decent ground so as there is no rain forecast over the next week and more we might look next at the Rising Stars Chase for him at Wincanton.

Given that his dam was a half sister to the Gold Cup winner Imperial Call we certainly wouldn’t be concerned at moving him up to three miles at some stage.

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