Lavelle pair set for Doncaster
Emma Lavelle could be double handed in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on January 26 with Court By Surprise and Qianshan Leader.
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The former won over course and distance in December while Qianshan Leader was fifth in last year's renewal of the race.
The trainer said: "We are looking at the Sky Bet Chase for Court By Surprise. He has been in super form since his win there in December and I thought about running him at Sandown but the ground was too soft.
"He likes nicer ground and that's why Doncaster seems to suit him quite well because it tends to be a bit better up there.
"He has gone up four pounds for his win and with them all finishing in a bit of a heap, the handicapper hasn't killed him for it. He was in front quite a way from home at Doncaster and he probably doesn't want to be in front too long.
"He had a wind operation over the summer and that seems to have really helped him. Beforehand, he was only running half a race and it has made a massive difference to him that he has been able to breathe consistently throughout his races.
"Qianshan Leader is only a possible runner at this stage. He has had a disaster of a season so far in that he is a top of the ground horse, but there hasn't been any of that around.
"He hasn't done much as a result and he is a horse we would think about running, whereas it is very much the target for Court By Surprise."