Title defence for Well Refreshed

Cole Harden, who goes for glory at Ascot this afternoon
Cole Harden, who goes for glory at Ascot this afternoon
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Well Refreshed will deliver his latest audition for the Grand National this afternoon.

And he is aiming to produce a repeat of the stunning show that powered him into the Aintree picture last term.

Gary Moore’s 10-year-old chaser will defend his Grade 3 Betfred Grand National Trial title at Haydock (2.55pm).

The son of Nikos claimed a brilliant 10-length triumph over Rigadin De Beauchene last term, which propelled him to career-high mark of 142 and had punters talking about him as a National contender.

He didn’t go on to contest the famous, old steeplechase last April but it is firmly on the agenda this season.

Well Refreshed was handed a 10lb 4oz burden when the National weights were announced last week.

And West Sussex trainer Moore will be hoping his charge can now rediscover his very best form with a strong showing at Haydock and press his claims again.

Kaki De La Pree, who was second to the highly-rated Kings Palace at Fontwell in October, also runs at Haydock – in the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (4.05pm).

Trainer Tom Symonds will be hoping his 138-rated talent can put a disappointing fifth in the Challow Hurdle behind him on Merseyside.

Elsewhere, Cole Harden is preparing for a raid on the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot (1.30pm).

A winner of a maiden hurdle at Fontwell in November, he romped to a fourth win in five outings at Newbury last month.

Moore’s Brave Vic is also in the five-runner field.