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  • 14:05 GPG Novices' Chase 3m

  • (Grade 2) (Registered As The Worcester Novices' Chase) £24,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £13,668 2nd £5,129 3rd £2,568 4th £1,279
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 11.20s
  • Off time: 14:06:10

Benefficient is an interesting runner in the GPG Novices' Chase at Newbury

Last Updated: 28/11/12 2:20pm

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Lavelle: Highland hopes

Lavelle: Highland hopes

Irish challenger Benefficient faces five rivals in what promises to be an intriguing GPG Novices' Chase at Newbury on Thursday.

The six-year-old was a shock 50-1 winner of the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown last season and looks set to take high rank over fences judged on an impressive display at Down Royal last time.

Trainer Tony Martin admits he would prefer to be running his charge on better ground ideally, but he feels conditions in Berkshire may be more suitable for him than what he might encounter at home at the moment.

"It's a hot enough race but hopefully he'll put up a good show," said Martin.

"He's a horse who should stay well and we were very happy with how he won the last day.

"He's a better ground horse really, which is why we're travelling over with him. I know it's not going to be good ground, but it should be better than what we've got in Ireland."

Highland Lodge has been the apple of Emma Lavelle's eye for quite some time and having shown smart form over hurdles, he made a most impressive start to his career over fences at Towcester three weeks ago.

"It's one of those exciting moments and it's going to be very interesting to see what happens," said Lavelle.

"He came out of his race at Towcester really well and we're looking forward to seeing him run again.

"I hope he'll handle the ground all right. I can't believe it's not going to be tacky having been so wet and then dried out a bit, so it's going to be a big test of stamina."

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