troubleshooting Question

Query Sort with Alpha and Numbers

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This query is driving me crazy!  The screenshot shows the result.  The primary sort is the  SortOrder of the Group, which is find, but the secondary sort is the Animal Number.  

See how 20-100 is before 20-96.  This happens for all sorts of our data.

How can I get it to sort correctly?  Keep in mind sometimes Animal Numbers could be A1, A2, B3a, B4b, etc.  

I need the sort to be able to totally figure out the correct order, regardless.

Here is the SQL statement.  Screenshot 2 is the query window.

SELECT dbo_Animals.StudyID, dbo_TissueListGroups.StudyPhase, dbo_Animals.Received, dbo_Animals.NoHisto, dbo_Animals.GroupID, dbo_Animals.AnimalID, dbo_AnimalsGroupNames.SortOrder, dbo_Animals.Gender, dbo_Animals.GroupNum, dbo_Animals.AnimalNumber, dbo_Animals.AnimalNumberShort
FROM (dbo_Animals INNER JOIN dbo_TissueListGroups ON dbo_Animals.GroupID = dbo_TissueListGroups.GroupID) INNER JOIN dbo_AnimalsGroupNames ON (dbo_Animals.GroupNum = dbo_AnimalsGroupNames.GroupNumberName) AND (dbo_Animals.StudyID = dbo_AnimalsGroupNames.StudyID)
WHERE (((dbo_Animals.StudyID)=[StudyID:]) AND ((dbo_Animals.Received)>[Received:]) AND ((dbo_Animals.NoHisto)=0) AND ((dbo_Animals.GroupID)=[Grouping1:] Or (dbo_Animals.GroupID)=[Grouping2:] Or (dbo_Animals.GroupID)=[Grouping3:] Or (dbo_Animals.GroupID)=[Grouping4:]))
ORDER BY dbo_AnimalsGroupNames.SortOrder, dbo_Animals.Gender DESC , dbo_Animals.AnimalNumber;
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