Lavelle talent shines on Fontwell debut

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Fontwell fans may not have seen the last of Junction Fourteen.

The four-year-old son of King’s Theatre got up brilliantly to snatch the Quicksilver Slots Play £500 Roulette Novices’ Hurdle in West Sussex yesterday.

Under jockey Aidan Coleman, the 9/4-favourite stayed on up the hill to get the better of Cloud Creeper by a head in a thrilling photo finish.

It was a first career win for Junction Fourteen, who was fifth in a strong Wincanton bumper last term before finishing third on hurdles debut at Exeter earlier this month.

And while Emma Lavelle reckons he has plenty to learn, she refused to rule out a return to Fontwell in the future.

The trainer, who is based in Hatherden near Andover, said: ‘He has still got plenty to learn but he is a nice horse, that much is for certain.

‘I was talking to Aidan and he was amazed at how green he is.

‘He does everything on the bridle but when you let him off the bridle he wonders what is going on.

‘He is a nice young horse and hopefully he will have a bright future.

‘There are no plans just yet. We will just keep teaching him but it’s so far, so good.

‘Fontwell is not an easy track for a novice but he seems to have handled it pretty well.

‘I wouldn’t be afraid to bring him back if there was the right race for him.’

The first race of the afternoon – the Quicksilverslots Get Up To £200 Freeplays Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Handicap Chase – was won by Mister Wiseman at 3/1.

Strawberry Hill and jockey James Best powered clear after the last to win the Quicksilver £1 To Win £500 Novices’ Handicap Chase at 5/2.

Jack Doyle then steered Seebright to a 7/4 triumph in the 32Red Casino Handicap Hurdle before Best completed a double on 9/4-favourite Volio Vincente in the Handicap Chase.

Kilrush (7/1) was presented with the 32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle after Dom Lukka unseated Noel Fehily at the last.

Larks Rising and jockey Tom O’Brien then sprang a shock in the final race – the 32Red Standard Open Bumper.

They cruised almost 30 lengths clear of the field in the early stages in a bold attacking move

And red-hot favourite Rouquine Sauvage, under champion jockey Tony McCoy, could not reel them in.

In the end Larks Rising won by 17 lengths at 16/1 with the 1/5 market-leader second.

Racing returns to Fontwell on Tuesday, December 10 before their annual Boxing Day fixture brings the curtain down on 2013.

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