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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Mad Moose a reformed character as he revisits familiar crime scene

Nigel Twiston-Davies: trainer of Benbens
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Mad Moose, whose unwillingness at the start of races won him a cult following, returns to one of his many crime scenes when taking part in the Retraining of Racehorses Parade before racing at Aintree on Friday.

The last time Mad Moose was on Merseyside for a race was four years ago, when he refused to start in the Melling Chase for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies. But the 13-year-old is a reformed character and was the epitome of obedience for rider Sophie Burkin when the pair won a dressage class on their first outing this year.

Mad Moose is among nine former racehorses in the parade at 12.40pm led by 2016 RoR Horse of the Year Monet's Garden, five times a winner at Aintree.

The 2008 Gold Cup winner Denman and fellow Cheltenham Festival winners Cinders And Ashes and Peddlers Cross are all on show in the event sponsored by the Peter O'Sullevan Trust.

Joey Richards, daughter of Monet's Garden's former trainer Nicky Richards, said: "He's 19 now but you'd think he was a five-year-old. He's never changed, he's never aged. He's always been a real showman, even throughout his racing career, and that's why I thought showing would suit him.”


The last time Mad Moose was on Merseyside for a race was four years ago when he refused to start
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