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Lavelle and Skelton targeting feature races at The November Meeting


TRAINERS Emma Lavelle and Dan Skelton are mulling their options for the two biggest prizes at The November Meeting at Cheltenham later this month - the 160,000 G3 BetVictor Gold Cup (The November Meeting Saturday, November 17) and the 100,000 G3 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (The November Meeting Sunday, November 18).

The lightly-raced nine-year-old Javert (Emma Lavelle) has won on four of his seven chase starts. His most recent success came in a handicap chase at Uttoxeter on September 23, staged over the same two-and-a-half-mile distance as the BetVictor Gold Cup.

Javert had been off the course for two and a half years prior that victory and he then finished a length and a quarter second to Frodon (Paul Nicholls) in the G2 Monet's Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase, also over two and a half miles, at Aintree on October 28.

Lavelle, who is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire, commented: "We are delighted with Javert.

"He ran a brilliant race in the Old Roan behind Frodon. He jumped and travelled really well, and handled the step up in class.

"We were thrilled with him at Uttoxeter in September when he won despite having been off the track for so long.

"The plan after Uttoxeter was to head to Aintree. I couldn't keep him ticking over until November as he was so fresh and well.

"The trip at Uttoxeter and Aintree was one he handled, and he is a marvellous horse to have in the yard.

"I think the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham will remain the plan."

Javert, who is owned by an Axom Racing syndicate, is a 20/1 chance for glory on November 17 with BetVictor.

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