Highland Lodge (second right): general 10-1 chance for Welsh NationalPICTURE: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Lodge on target for
Welsh National raid
HIGHLAND LODGE is on target for a shot at the Coral Welsh National later this month with his trainer Emma Lavelle hoping that some rain arrives at Chepstow before the marathon contest.
Owned by The Unusual Suspects, Highland Lodge attempted to make all of the running in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury last month before being outpaced on the good ground in the closing stages and finishing fourth.
Lavelle was delighted with the effort from her seven-year-old, who also finished behind subsequent Badger Ales Trophy winner Standing Ovation earlier this season, and believes her runner can make his mark in the Welsh National on December 28.
"His performance in the Hennessy was tremendous," the trainer said. "He jumped superbly and was so game to keep galloping from the front and finish fourth.
"Of all the years for it to be dry, when we had him so well for the race it was such a shame it had to be this one."
Writing on her website, Lavelle added: "He has been out in the field every day since and seems to have come out of the race well, so at this stage the Welsh National is very much the target."
Highland Lodge is a general 10-1 chance for the Welsh National behind 9-1 favourite Sydney Paget.