Lord Vampi takes out JC Roberts Stakes

Progressive three-year-old Lord Vampi handled the step up to stakes level with aplomb at Ascot on Saturday when scoring an impressive win in the $125,000 Listed J.C. Roberts Stakes (1800m).

Sent out a $13 chance with a tricky task on paper jumping from barrier 12 and rising 400m in distance three weeks between runs, the Playing God gelding was given a perfect ride by jockey Lucy Fiore to find the back of $2.30 favourite A Lot Of Good Men one-out and three-back in running.

Fiore tracked the favourite in the three-wide line approaching the turn before peeling out underneath him on straightening and Lord Vampi unleashed a brilliant finish to storm past his rivals and win by more than a length on the line.

Alaskan ($21) finished in second place, with Seven Iron ($61) a further neck away in third.

The Oakland Park-bred Lord Vampi has displayed exciting progressiveness in his three starts campaign having finished a luckless second first-up in Class One grade before stepping to Saturday level and winning second-up and then elevating again to land his first Listed success.

The lightly-raced gelding has now had six career starts for three wins, two second placings and $237,410 in stake earnings and Westspeed Platinum bonuses.

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