Lavelle stars at Donny

  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 16:34 GMT

Emma Lavelle enjoyed a red-letter day with an across-the-card 125/1 four-timer from as many runners which included a double at Doncaster.

Emma Lavelle: Enjoyed a day to remember

Easter Meteor and Court By Surprise struck for the Andover trainer at the South Yorkshire venue, with Highland Lodge doing the business at Cheltenham and Court In Motion successful at Lingfield.

"An unbelievable day and all in proper races. I wish I could bottle it. It's the first time I've had four in a day. We'd had a treble just once before," she said after Court By Surprise (6/1) had completed the four-timer by just a nose in the BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap Chase under Dougie Costello.

"Court By Surprise deserved a decent win. He's just got better and better."

Easter Meteor (2/1 favourite) opened the Lavelle scoring at Doncaster in the Follow At BetVictorRacing On Twitter Handicap Chase.

Making all under Dominic Elsworth, Easter Meteor saw off Midnight Sail by four and a half lengths.

"Easter Meteor did it really well. He's a lovely honest horse and he jumps his fences properly," said Lavelle.

"He gains ground at every fence and that makes a lot of difference. He's getting better with time.

"He'll go up in the weights after today so we'll just see, but it would be lovely to go to the Cheltenham Festival with him.

"He likes good ground and hopefully that's what we will get."

Elsworth also rode a brace, having struck on 40-1 stunner Wiesentraum in the "In Loving Memory of Scott Dobson" Beginners' Chase for Lucy Wadham.

"His jumping got better as the race went on and he will improve for better ground," said Wadham's husband and assistant, Justin.

However, Elsworth was given a three-day ban (December 30 to January 1) for using his whip without giving his mount time to respond.

Rocky Creek (4-6 favourite) staked a claim for the RSA Chase with a smooth display to get off the mark over fences in the Healthwatch Doncaster Novices' Chase.

The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding beat Molotov by four lengths under Daryl Jacob to earn a quote of 16/1 from 25s with Sky Bet for Cheltenham.

"The form of the Exeter race has worked out well with the winner winning a Grade Two chase at Newbury," said Nicholls' pupil assistant Tom Jonason.

"It's not been straightforward between Exeter and here, but hopefully he will turn into a Festival horse in March. Between now and then he's got time to have two more runs. There were a couple of good benchmarks in there."

Robbie (9/2) won for the first time away from his beloved Southwell with a cosy success in the Download The BetVictor Spincast App Now Handicap Hurdle.

His previous three wins had been there, but Keith Reveley's lightly-raced eight-year-old showed he was not just a one-track horse.

Given a confident ride by 7lb claimer Jonathan England, Robbie shrugged Ulys Du Charmil aside to score by nine lengths.

"He's had very little racing for his age as he's had a few niggling problems so he's probably still improving," said Reveley.

"We could put him back in novice company if we need to, so we might look for a nice one somewhere. I also thought he might not handle this ground as he likes it fast."

Reveley explained why his son James rode the unplaced Harvey's Hope and not the winner.

"Jonathan rode Robbie throughout the summer so I thought he ought to ride him again and he hadn't been on the other one. He also has a handy 7lb allowance. I don't think James will be very happy."

Midnight Oscar (15/8) confirmed the promise of a Ludlow third on his jumps debut to land the crownhotel-bawtry.com Novices' Hurdle.

Nick Scholfield brought the Kim Bailey-trained five-year-old to lead after the third-last flight and he held Kaysersberg by a length and a quarter.

Scholfield said: "He's a big baby and it was only his second run over hurdles.

"I was going well two out and it was just greenness at the last when he lost momentum but he found more and he's a chaser in the making."


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