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Lavelle stars at Donny

Emma Lavelle enjoyed a red-letter day with an across-the-card 125-1 four-timer from as many runners which included a double at Doncaster.

Easter Meteor and Court By Surprise struck for the Andover trainer at the South Yorkshire venue, with Highland Lodge doing the business at Cheltenham and Court In Motion successful at Lingfield.

"An unbelievable day and all in proper races. I wish I could bottle it. It's the first time I've had four in a day. We'd had a treble just once before," she said after Court By Surprise (6-1) had completed the four-timer by just a nose in the BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap Chase under Dougie Costello.

"Court By Surprise deserved a decent win. He's just got better and better."

Easter Meteor (2-1 favourite) opened the Lavelle scoring at Doncaster in the Follow At BetVictorRacing On Twitter Handicap Chase.

Making all under Dominic Elsworth, Easter Meteor saw off Midnight Sail by four and a half lengths.

"Easter Meteor did it really well. He's a lovely honest horse and he jumps his fences properly," said Lavelle.

"He gains ground at every fence and that makes a lot of difference. He's getting better with time.

"He'll go up in the weights after today so we'll just see, but it would be lovely to go to the Cheltenham Festival with him.

"He likes good ground and hopefully that's what we will get."

Kashmir Peak leapt into the JCB Triumph Hurdle picture with a solid victory in the BetVictor.com Summit Hurdle to spark a Costello double.

Malton trainer John Quinn took the Cheltenham juvenile championship last March with Countrywide Flame and has another smart prospect on his hands.

Successful on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen last month, Kashmir Peak (7-1) stayed on strongly to come home one length ahead of Sametegal.

"We won this race last year with a very likeable horse (Royal Bonsai). This lad is better but this race on paper looked very strong," said Quinn.

"He's a likeable horse with a great attitude.

"He'll be aimed at the Triumph. We'll give him one more run or maybe two and go there. It's three months away.

"Ger (Lyons) trained him on the Flat (in Ireland) and said there was plenty there. He really liked him."

Elsworth also rode a brace, having struck on 40-1 stunner Wiesentraum in the "In Loving Memory of Scott Dobson" Beginners' Chase for Lucy Wadham.

"His jumping got better as the race went on and he will improve for better ground," said Wadham's husband and assistant, Justin.

However, Elsworth was given a three-day ban (December 30 to January 1) for using his whip without giving his mount time to respond.

Rocky Creek (4-6 favourite) staked a claim for the RSA Chase with a smooth display to get off the mark over fences in the Healthwatch Doncaster Novices' Chase.

The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding beat Molotov by four lengths under Daryl Jacob to earn a quote of 14-1 from 20s with Stan James for Cheltenham.

"Hopefully he will turn into a Festival horse in March. Between now and then he's got time to have two more runs," said Nicholls's pupil assistant Tom Jonason.

Robbie (9-2) won for the first time away from his beloved Southwell with a cosy success in the Download The BetVictor Spincast App Now Handicap Hurdle.

His previous three wins had been there, but Keith Reveley's lightly-raced eight-year-old showed he was not just a one-track horse.

Given a confident ride by 7lb claimer Jonathan England, Robbie shrugged Ulys Du Charmil aside to score by nine lengths.

"He's had very little racing for his age as he's had a few niggling problems so he's probably still improving," said Reveley.

"We could put him back in novice company if we need to so we might look for a nice one somewhere."

Midnight Oscar (15-8) confirmed the promise of a Ludlow third on his jumps debut to land the crownhotel-bawtry.com Novices' Hurdle.

Nick Scholfield brought the Kim Bailey-trained five-year-old to lead after the third-last flight and he held Kaysersberg by a length and a quarter.