Lavelle charge ready for Trophy test

Emma Lavelle hopes Cloudy Grey can regain his old sparkle in the totesport Trophy at Newbury on Saturday.

The grey, a 40-1 shot with the sponsors, has had his fair share of injuries in the last two years and has yet to fulfil the potential he showed as a novice.

However, Lavelle is confident the nine-year-old will do himself justice in the £125,000 (€182,000) handicap hurdle.

“He seems in really good nick so hopefully he’ll go and put his best foot forward,” said the Andover trainer.

“He’s better going left-handed and he’ll love the ground. Also it will make a nice change for him to be carrying 10st around the course instead of going round with top weight.”

With regular rider Barry Fenton injured, Lavelle is on the lookout for a suitable jockey and has not ruled out using a conditional.

“He’s only 3lb wrong at the moment and we’ll have a look and see who we can get to ride him,” she added.

“We may even get someone who can take a couple of pounds off him so he can run off his right weight. There are some good claimers around.

“It would be nice to get him back on track and if he were to come back to his best off that kind of weight, you’d like to think he’d have a little chance.”

More in this Section

Rapinoe calls for change as she wins big alongside Messi and KloppRapinoe calls for change as she wins big alongside Messi and Klopp

Willett determined to make up for 2016 Ryder Cup frustrationWillett determined to make up for 2016 Ryder Cup frustration

Messi simply The Best againMessi simply The Best again

Dundalk eye treble bid as Duffy rocket wraps up titleDundalk eye treble bid as Duffy rocket wraps up title


Lifestyle

A host of Irish and international writers will read on Leeside, writes Marjorie Brennan.The eight must-sees of Cork Short Story festival

He has helped numerous couples blossom on their big day and florist and wedding specialist Peter Tora had no shortage ofexperience in planning his own nuptial celebration with Brendan O’Sullivan, writes Eve Kelliher.Wedding of the week: Love blossoms for florist Peter and his groom Brendan

The demands of daily life do not cease upon diagnosis of cancer, says social worker Denis Spillane, who works with cancer patients of the Mercy University Hospital, and says financial worries add to their stress.Making Cents: The financial cost of a cancer diagnosis

In January of 1994, RTÉ reporter Tommie Gorman was given a diagnosis that would change his life.Examine Yourself: Getting cancer made sense of everything for Tommie Gorman

More From The Irish Examiner