Lavelle bigs up the Junction

Emma Lavelle believes there could be more to come from Junction Fourteen over three miles after his good run at Ascot last weekend.

Junction Fourteen: Good run at Ascot

Tackling that trip for the first time over fences the seven-year-old finished second to Antony in the Sodexo Gold Cup.

Lavelle was pleasantly surprised her charge was only raised 1lb for his effort and jockey Daryl Jacob has suggested he could be a type to tackle the Grand National fences in time.

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"I was quite surprised they only put him up by a pound, as I thought if they put him up two or three pounds to 150 he was going to really struggle off 150 in handicaps," said Lavelle.

"He is still eligible for graduation chases and we might have a look at one of those, but we won't rush him back to the races. He put his heart and soul into the race on Saturday

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"Interestingly his form suggests he is better going right-handed, but he went a little left-handed on Saturday, so we might get a little more improvement going left-handed. The step back up to three miles helped

"It is hard for horses like him that have had a good novice campaign, as they are either graded horses or have to carry top weight in handicaps.

"Daryl got off him and said he would like to jump him over the big fences at Aintree. I've mixed feelings about that, but we might look at something like the Becher Chase next season with him if I have my brave shoes on."

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