Lavelle hoping for a Time to Remember at Cheltenham

Cheltenham hosts the second of Neptune Investment Management’s eight-race “Road To Cheltenham” series of novices’ hurdles on Saturday, November 16 and Emma Lavelle is hoping that Timesrembered can prove himself a livecontener for the Festival next Marcxh.

The £30,000 Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, run over 2m 5f, has attracted 17 entries.

Timesremembered posted an easy six-length win in the Grade Two Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow over two and a half miles on October 26 and made a winning debut for the handler in a two-mile Uttoxeter maiden on October 6.

Lavelle reported today: “Timesremembered is a likely runner at Cheltenham. He has done really well since Chepstow and I think this race will give us an idea whether we should be aiming him at The Festival and whether this is the right trip for him.

“He has always worked well at home and we felt that it was worth a crack at the Persian War after he won at Uttoxeter. He jumped much better last time and really needs a lead in his races.

“He was great when he was in behind runners at Chepstow but started to make mistakes when he was left out in front on his own. He was out in front for so long at Uttoxeter that every hurdle seemed to get in his way.

“It was good at Uttoxeter and soft at Chepstow, so I think all ground comes alike to him. My gut feeling is that his ideal conditions are good ground or just on the soft side of good over two and a half miles.

“We have still got to plenty to learn with him, which is quite nice. He has definitely got a big engine and Saturday’s race will hopefully teach us a bit more about where we are with him, how good he is and whether this is the right distance for him.”

Other notable entries for Saturday’s Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle include Limerick Grade Three scorer Indevan, from the stable of Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins, impressive Uttoxeter winner Ballyalton, point-to-point graduate Port Melon from the Paul Nicholls stable and Oscar Fortune, who has won his first two starts over hurdles for Jonjo O’Neill.

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