Bags Groove stormed to an impressive victory in the Grade Two Jockey Club Ownership Syndicate “Rising Stars” Novices’ Chase at Wincanton.
Five went to post for this 2 ½ mile contest with a rich history.
As the race got underway, it was the grey Theligny, who set off in front with Bags Groove.
Settling down and over the second, Bags Groove jumped well and moved into the two-length lead over Theligny and Secret Investor, who raced wide.
At the fourth, Majestic Moll jumped deliberately at the back and was pulled up, while Full quickly tailed off.
Racing down the home straight on the first circuit, Bags Groove continued to race exuberantly in front, with a two-length lead over Secret Investor, while Theligny was dropping off the pace.
With a circuit to race, the front pair were four lengths clear of Theligny, with another five lengths back to Full, who had closed a little.
Bags Groove took the tenth in front of Secret Investor and the pair were still clear of Theligny, as they took five from home, with the former jumping more slickly than his rival.
At the fourth last, Bags Groove was again slicker and turned for home in front and travelling better than his rival.
Heading to the second last, Bags Groove edged further clear and out-jumped his rival.
Bags Groove and Noel Fehily stormed clear heading to the last and whilst he met it wrong, he kept his feet and powered home impressive, to beat Secret Investor by about ten lengths, with a yawning gap back to Theligny and another one to Full.
The Harry Fry trained Bags Groove, was having his third start over fences and looks to be progressive.