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Le Bec puzzle for Lavelle

Good ground in December has left Emma Lavelle with a decision to make over talented novice chaser Le Bec.

The classy novice chaser lowered some lofty reputations when winning arguably the hottest three-mile race of its type run so far this season at Cheltenham last month.

In the immediate aftermath Lavelle stated she would be prepared to put the five-year-old away until the spring when the ground had dried up, but with the unseasonably dry weather, the in-form handler is considering the Ryman Stationery Novices' Chase back at Cheltenham next week.

"There is a three-mile-two novices' chase next week, but I'm not sure if I want to run him in that, I'd been thinking of running Gullinbursti there instead," said Lavelle.

"It's not easy to find suitable novice chases for horses who have won two that's not a graded race.

"There is one at Lingfield he could run in, but I wouldn't want to run him there as the ground tends to be very soft.

"He's absolutely bouncing at the moment and I'm not going to announce we won't go just in case we do."