Highland Lodge out of RSA Chase as 31 remain for Festival race

Last Updated: 20/02/13 3:55pm

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Unioniste: One of three entries from Paul Nicholls

Unioniste: One of three entries from Paul Nicholls

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Highland Lodge has been scratched from the RSA Chase as 31 horses stand their ground for the three mile contest.

Emma Lavelle's horse had been as short as 14/1 after slamming David Pipe's Our Father at Cheltenham in December but subsequent back-to-back defeats have seen him left only in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase field.

Ante-post favourite Dynaste, also trained by Pipe, remains among the entry list along with Willie Mullins's Boston Bob and Back In Focus.

Paul Nicholls has three entries, with Reynoldstown Chase winner Rocky Creek joining Sire Collonges and five-year-old Unioniste.

Hadrian's Approach looks set to line-up for Nicky Henderson having been removed from the Jewson Novices' Chase entries, and he's the trainer's sole potential representative.

Pipe includes Goulanes alongside Our Father and Dynaste while Paul Webber's Cantlow remains in the field despite being expected to go down the handicap route.

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