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Dissavril delight for Emma Lavelle as mare powers home at Market Rasen

Wed 17 Jan 2018

By Racinguk.com staff

Trainer Emma Lavelle will resist the lure of the Cheltenham Festival with Dissavril after the grey mare made a terrific British debut at Market Rasen.

Lavelle knew the French recruit would cope with the tricky conditions in Lincolnshire, but the Andover handler was not expecting her to produce such a domineering performance in the 188Bet-sponsored Listed mares' bumper - run for the first time in memory of late trainer Alan Swinbank.

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Dissavril, who carries the silks of Limato's owner Paul Jacobs, breezed into an unassailable lead inside the penultimate furlong and was much too good for Aimee De Sivola.

The five-year-old is set to miss the Festival, though, with Jacobs and Lavelle instead keen on running her in another Listed mares' race at Sandown in March.

Lavelle said of the 8-1 shot: "She shows us at home that she likes the soft ground, but we hope she will also handle good ground.

"She travelled beautifully through the race and I liked the way she quickened and stuck her head out.

"Probably Sandown will be the next port of call and that will probably be it for her. We'll then get her schooled and ready for hurdling."

Le Rocher (5-2) seems more likely to end up at Cheltenham after he preserved an unbeaten record over fences in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Graduation Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

Nick Williams' eight-year-old still has work to do in the jumping department, but he showed a pretty eager attitude to atone for a misjudgement at the second-last.

Favourite Three Musketeers sensed an opportunity, but Le Rocher kicked on again and ended up winning by a length and a quarter for Tom Scudamore.

Williams said: "Tom said he was a bit novicey, but he's now won three races in four weeks so we're obviously delighted. He'll have an entry in the JLT (Novices' Chase)."

Williams was also on the mark earlier in the day when Cabernet D'Alene (5-1) made light work of the heavy ground in the handicap hurdle for conditional jockeys.

The Devon handler said: "We weren't expecting him to like that ground, so that was a bit of a shock."

Olly Murphy was less surprised to leave his "lucky track" with a winner when Ballinslea Bridge (2-1) did the business in the opening novice hurdle on the card.

The Warwickshire handler said: "He's probably been unfortunate not to have won before - he's not ungenuine, he just has to go right-handed.

"Whatever he does this season is going to be a bonus as he'll be a lovely chaser next year."

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