First In The Queue takes Lingfield prize

First In The Queue takes Lingfield prize

A victory at the Galway Festival would have been rather more enjoyable than one on a quiet afternoon at Lingfield but connections of First In The Queue had to settle for the latter.

Sylvester Kirk took his three-year-old over from Lambourn to Ballybrit a month ago hopeful of a decent showing in one of the minor handicaps but despite being sent off the 3-1 favourite, he made little impression there.

First In The Queue was not hiding his light under a bushel as excuses were reported for that disappointing effort and loyal punters will have gained compensation too, with Travis Block always in command in the Gallagher Group Handicap to return at a tasty 8-1.

Kirk's representative Andy Lucas said: "He had a dirty scope after Galway, so it was a long way to go to find that out as we fancied him.

"He has been gelded since then, so hopefully he can go on a little run now."

The Michael Jarvis-trained Rock My World (3-1) made an encouraging return to active service in the Gallagher Group Maiden Stakes, 280 days after finishing second on her debut at the course.

She was stepped up nearly half a mile further for her comeback and once in the clear around the home turn, she seemed to enjoy the extra distance and thwarted the now rather exposed Bombadero by half a length.

Jockey Neil Callan said: "She hadn't run for a long time so she was still a little fresh.

"She got the trip well, considering she was pulling early on. I don't know what she beat, but she's a nice filly."

Mick Channon's stable are churning out the winners with regularity of late and Bravo Bravo (7-2) is certainly one of the West Ilsley team to be making hay, following up victory at Goodwood on Saturday in the Kier Handicap.

Connections believe the three-year-old is just starting to find his feet and he wormed his way up the far rail under Sam Hitchcott to beat Fine Lace by two lengths.

Michael Channon, representing his father, said: "We've only had him this year but he used to be a bit of a boy and it has just been a matter of letting him know who is in control.

"He's run in two two-milers in less than a week so we'll just get him home first. He's a Sadler's Wells, so was always going to be a three-year-old."

Chris Catlin later helped Channon's Saxonette (2-1) make all the running in the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel And Country Club Selling Stakes, building on her second in the same grade at Redcar.

Linda Perratt forked out 7,000 guineas for the Piccolo filly.

Elsie's Orphan (11-2) paid tribute to her late mother, the decent juvenile sprinter Elsie Plunkett, in the only way she could by taking the Building Magazine Joseph Aloysius Hansom Maiden Stakes from the running-on Toms Return.

Trainer Patrick Chamings explained: "She was a bit naughty in the stalls last time and she was much better behaved. Her mother died when in foal, so we're really pleased she won."

The big gamble of the day happened at Hereford but there had been interest in Paphos at big prices prior to him bolting up at 10-1 in division one of the Dormans Park Handicap.

Tom Dascombe's Mrs Mogg (8-1)finished with a late spurt to grab division two under Richard Kingscote.

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