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Jockey Richard Johnson rode Lalor to victory during a dominant debut over fences

Lalor scored another emotional success as he won at Cheltenham 10 months after trainer Richard Woollacott’s death.

Widow Kayley took over the training licence and now has the 8-1 favourite for the Arkle Chase at jump racing’s showpiece Cheltenham Festival in March.

Lalor scored another poignant victory over hurdles at Aintree in April.

But this was even more impressive, a dominant debut over fences before a 20,000 crowd in the Arkle Trial which belied his odds of 11-2.

“We’ve worked so hard for this,” Kayley told ITV Racing. “He took to it like a duck to water. It was amazing.

“We’re on Plan F probably, we’ve tried so hard to get out before now and I suppose we’ve learned that sometimes it pays to be brave.”

The progress of Lalor is set to be one of the key stories of the jump racing season as Kayley guides the horse towards one of the Festival’s major races.

Leading runners in the Arkle Chase often go on to run in Cheltenham’s championship contests such as the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Gold Cup.

A video of Richard and Kayley’s daughter Bella feeding carrots to Lalor has been viewed over 70,000 times on social media as racing fans follow the stable’s fortunes.

A video of Bella feeding Lalor carrots has been liked over 1,000 times on Twitter

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