In-form trainers Emma Lavelle and Charlie Longsdon strike at Exeter
Last Updated: 10/10/13 7:00pm
Dawn Commander wings the second-last fence on his way to victory
Few trainers have started the new National Hunt season as well as Charlie Longsdon and Emma Lavelle and both were on the mark at Exeter on the opening day of the new campaign for the Devon track.
It is a welcome change of fortune for Lavelle who endured a torrid time of things during 2012-13 when she sent out only 12 winners, which for a yard with the talent she possesses was a major disappointment.
After making several little adjustments through the summer, however, her Hampshire base has come out firing and since Bouggler landed a valuable Listed chase at Market Rasen at the end of September she has sent out another five winners from just 11 runners.
Included among the number was Wednesday's top prospect Claret Cloak.
She was on the mark at Exeter with Staigue Fort (7/2) in the Bathwick Tyres Plymouth Handicap Hurdle who received a positive ride from Aidan Coleman, seemingly the first choice when available at present.
Coleman kicked clear turning into the straight and the Kim Bailey-trained favourite Twelve Roses could never get back on terms.
Lavelle also won the opener at Worcester with The Potting Shed (3/1).
Longsdon was on the mark with the bold-jumping grey Dawn Commander (15/8) who put his race fitness to good use under Jason Maguire in the Bathwick Tyres Bridgewater Beginners' Chase.
He was matching strides with Victor Dartnall's Silver Commander for much of the contest before that rival blew up badly in the home straight.
For good measure he was also on the mark at Worcester with Our Kaempfer (4/11 favourite). The wins were Longsdon's ninth and 10th in the last fortnight.