Plenty of potential in Aussie youngster
Given any sort of start and Plenty Win (12-1) would have bucked convention and made his Happy Valley debut a winning one.
Fact is jockey Alan Munro missed the start atrociously and left the three-year-old Australian-bred with a mountain to climb over the minimum sprint trip.
The Class Four dash went the way of topweight All Smiles, but the run of the race and the one with most scope for improvement is clearly Plenty Win.
He was pushed hard to keep up down the back and was still 10 lengths adrift when they cornered for the judge.
While the placegetters were getting weary up front Plenty Win was stretching out kindly for Munro along the rails. He eventually finished a close-up fifth and will be winning in more illustrious company than this.
It all adds up to a most encouraging race day debut for the John Moore-trained son of Luskin Star who arrived here earlier this year as an unraced private purchase.
His breeding suggests that he will appreciate longer, maybe up to a mile.