LiveScore Racing News: Aintree on the cards for Kempton scorer Killer Clown
Emma Lavelle is targeting a potential run in next month's Topham Chase for Killer Clown, who was a winner at Kempton on Saturday.
After being pulled up on his most recent run on soft ground at Ascot in January, Killer Clown returned to form by scoring in Saturday's feature at Kempton, the Virgin Bet Handicap Chase.
It was not a straightforward win for the Tim Syder-owned gelding as he appeared to have it all to do approaching the second last, with leader Pistol Whipped showing no signs of slowing down.
However, under the guidance of jockey Adam Wedge, Killer Clown was able to breeze past his rival and eventually win by eight lengths, much to the delight of trainer Lavelle.
She said: "He loves it around here, he really does. It definitely plays to his strengths. He was flat out earlier as they went so fast.
"What I loved about him today was that he ground it out and kept galloping. He jumped great and I was delighted with him."
Lavelle is now targeting a run in next month's Topham Chase for Killer Clown and she is confident the son of Getaway can cope with taking on the Grand National fences at Aintree for the first time.
The Marlborough handler did admit the decision on Killer Clown's next port of call will ultimately be made by connections, with a run in the Ceres Estates Charity Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Cheltenham also an option.
She added: "I think the Topham would be something to look at as would that Grade Two handicap at Cheltenham.
"I think he would be alright with the National fences but you never really know until they have gone and jumped them to know. Ground is the most important thing to him.
"We will see how he comes out of this and if he comes out of it well it is something we will definitely be looking at."