Well Refreshed defied a terrible blunder at the final fence to win the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock
Last Updated: February 16, 2013 3:46pm
Well Refreshed: Clear-cut Haydock winner
Father-and-son team Gary and Josh Moore teamed up to take the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock Park with the revitalised Well Refreshed.
A strongly-supported 9/2 favourite, the winner travelled well off the pace in the early stages and threw down his challenge to Rigadin De Beauchene in the home straight.
He nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when ploughing through the final fence, leaving a horse-shaped dent in the obstacle, but his conditional jockey stayed in the plate and allowed the winner to coast home to score by 14 lengths.
Rigadin De Beauchene, who chased the winner home in Plumpton's Sussex National earlier in the season, occupied the same placing again, while Monbeg Dude made late gains for third.
Moore jnr told Channel 4 Racing: "I should have known better at the last, but we got away with it. He's been nicely handicapped all season. He's a progressive horse and I hope he can keep going that way."
Moore went on: "It's great for the yard to have two big winners (also Vino Griego at Ascot) and we were keen on them both, especially this lad, who has been mapped out for this race.
"He's not been a natural jumper. He's a bit gangly and probably has more ribs than he should, but he has improved and it's just about trying to get him into a rhythm.
"It's a nice prize to win today. I was quite confident turning into the straight with the way he was travelling and thankfully we got away with it at the last! I don't know where he'll go next, but he's already done better than we could ever have imagined.
"When he won his first race of the season it was a 0-100 race at Fontwell and we'd have honestly been happy just to see him get round that day. It's my biggest winner and a great day for all the team at home."
Speaking from Ascot, the trainer said: "It's not a huge surprise as we did think he had a great chance. You think you're dreaming sometimes and this is the best day I've had for ages, forever probably.
"This might be his last run of the season, as the ground will go against him."
Asked about a possible Grand National tilt next year, the trainer said: "Maybe, you never know."