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Well Refreshed - Haydock 2.55

Well Refreshed demolishing the last fence in the Grand National Trial

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Well Refreshed too strong in National trial

Report: Haydock, Saturday

Betfred Grand National Trial (Grade 3) 3m4f, 5yo+

WELL REFRESHED followed up his Sussex National victory under a stealthy ride from Josh Moore, although those who backed the 9-2 favourite had to endure an anxious moment when the nine-year-old walked through the last fence.

Victory completed a quick across-the-card double for the Moore family, with Vino Griego successful at Ascot for Josh's brother Jamie, with both winners trained by father Gary.

Pricewise supremo Tom Segal tipped the duo in his Saturday column, although the third leg of a Moore-inspired treble for Pricewise followers failed to materialise as Whitby Jack was well beaten in the 3.15 at Ascot.

Settled in the last pair with Coral Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude, Well Refreshed was patiently ridden by Moore, with Teaforthree, Giles Cross and Rigadin De Beauchene cutting out the early running.

There were no dramas for the field during the first circuit of the race, and the complexion of the contest did not begin to change until rounding the turn for home.

Paul Carberry had pushed Monbeg Dude along down the back straight, and turning in, it became apparent that a repeat of his Chepstow heroics would not be forthcoming, though to Carberry's credit the pair stayed on to take a never dangerous third.

Teaforthree and Giles Cross faded away down the straight, with Rigadin De Beauchene the last of the pacesetters still in contention.

A big leap at four out had seen Well Refreshed come to challenge, and the favourite quickly overhauled Rigadin De Beauchene.

A scruffy jump two out was a precursor to the last, when Moore's mount barely left the ground, going through, rather than over the fence.

However the partnership remained intact for victory, with Rigadin De Beauchene taking second at 6-1.

Winning jockey Josh Moore said: "It's nice to come here and win such a big prize. He won nicely, that was his biggest test and we thought as long as he jumped round he'd be competitive."

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