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Mosspark stakes Festival claim

Emma Lavelle's Mosspark maintain his unbeaten record under Rules when taking the Sidney Banks Memorial Novices' Hurdle at Huntingdon.

Wins at Exeter and Leicester this season had already marked the six-year-old down as an above average recruit but he was supposed to find this a bit tougher up against Alan King's Carraig Mor, who was sent off the odds-on favourite.

However, the market leader ran too keen in the hands of Robert Thornton and having taken up the running down the back straight, Aidan Coleman shot up his inside on the final bend and pulled well clear.

Spirit Of Shankly stayed on better than Carraig Mor to claim second, five lengths away from the 9-2 winner.

Lavelle's partner Barry Fenton told Racing UK: "The ground, trip and track were probably against him today we thought.

"He was very impressive at Exeter first time, then at Leicester it was a complete bog and we were in two minds about it, but with nice horses you think they are invincible.

"He ran but was never happy and just pure ability brought him through.

"We gave him three weeks in a field and then slowly brought him back with the view the weather must change but it hasn't.

"He has an entry for Cheltenham (Albert Bartlett) and we were stuck between a rock and a hard place because he needed to run if we have any thought of going there.

"I'm still not saying he's going but if he hadn't run today, then we definitely couldn't go. He was impressive.

"He's a hard horse to assess at home, he's not flashy until you put a jump in front of him. Aidan said he jumped great and just kept galloping.

"He's won three and probably should have won his point-to-point but he was beaten by a Grade One winner (Annacotty).

"Emma will discuss plans with the owners - for me he's a future RSA horse."