GBI RACING

Plumpton scorer Vinnie Lewis is a National treasure

Harry Whittington Vinnie Lewis was a dominant winner of the At The Races Sussex National at Plumpton.
Formerly trained in Ireland by Jimmy Mangan, the seven-year-old opened his account for Harry Whittington with a facile success at Sedgefield in November and was the 7-2 favourite to follow up in this three-and-a-half-mile £30,000 contest.
Vinnie Lewis was never too far off the pace in the hands of Harry Bannister and did not look back after taking the lead at the fourth fence from the finish.
While several of his rivals floundered in the testing conditions, Vinnie Lewis galloped on remorselessly and passed the post six lengths clear of Shanroe Santos, with Frank N Fair third.
Bannister told At The Races: "He's very straightforward and he's done everything right. He's jumped and he's travelled and loves this soft ground, which is a massive asset in a race like this.
"He's very nimble at his fences. He can come down a bit steep, but he's very sure-footed, so I try not to interfere with him too much.
"He won so well at Sedgefield the last day. I know it was a big step up in grade and he'd gone up in the handicap, but he's young and he's improving and hopefully he can keep going forward."

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