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Chariot fired up for Taunton test

Emma Lavelle is hoping her patience is rewarded when Chariot Charger contests the Betfair-sponsored handicap chase at Taunton on Thursday.

Injury has rather blighted the career of this highly-rated eight-year-old, but he was beaten only half a length by Bensalem in a novice chase at Plumpton back in November 2009, and though his form appeared to have levelled off, he returned from a lengthy absence to win at Uttoxeter in November.

Lavelle said: "We've just been making sure he was fresh and well before we ran him again. He finished pretty tired at Uttoxeter and I was in no immediate rush to run him so we've waited - he's in good form now."

She added: "We were going to run him at Plumpton but the ground went against us, so we're going to Taunton and it looks a nice race for him as he favours going right-handed.

"It could be the minimum trip for him and it looks a competitive race, but you would expect that as it's very good prize-money.

"Taunton do well putting prize-money up and I`m pleased they've been well supported."

Micheal Flips has mixed it with some good horses this season and has been given a bit of help by the handicapper, having been dropped 4lb.

"He's schooled well since Cheltenham, where I thought he made a few mistakes," said trainer Andy Turnell.

"Possibly he found things a bit hot there but he's run well on flat right-handed tracks in the past, like Kempton, so we're hoping this will suit.

"The owner is a good supporter and has decided to chase better money rather than winning a novice chase for a few quid."

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