Betfred Grand National Trial
arbitrage betting
Grade 3 Handicap Chase, Haydock Park
£75,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 4f, Class 1
Saturday 15th February 2014


1 Rigadin De Beauchene 16/1
2 Emperor's Choice 11/2
3 Loch Ba 15/2
14 ran Distances: 10l, 30l, 1¼l
TIME 8m 9.30s

Rigadin De Beauchene went one better than last year and came home first in a one-two for trainer Venetia Williams in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock.

Rigadin De Beauchene
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Rigadin De Beauchene

Rigadin De Beauchene went one better than 12 months ago when leading a Venetia Williams-trained one-two in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock.

Last year's runner-up, having his first race since being pulled up in the Scottish National last April, ground out an admirable 10-length success in this long-distance chase.

The 16-1 chance had the measure of the pacesetting Red Rocco when that rival unseated his rider at the final fence, leaving him to come home unchallenged in the hands of 3lb claimer Robert Dunne from his stablemate Emperor's Choice.

Loch Ba was another 30 lengths back in third, with very few finishing this tough stamina test.

The 9-2 favourite Merry King was pulled up down the back after being hampered on the first circuit by the fall of Wellforth, as last year's winner Well Refreshed failed to complete this time, while Across The Bay exited at the fifth-last.

Dunne said: "I was delighted with that on his first run of the season. In fairness to Venetia, that was some training performance.

"I kept the ride because of the owners, I can't thank them enough. The ground was absolutely ideal for him. He jumped super."

Williams said: "This race was one we'd always aimed at with him. He had a problem in November time when he was coughing a bit and we had hoped to get him to Warwick for the race he won last year (Classic Chase), but we decided to leave off as we were rushing him.

"We've nothing else in mind for him really. Uttoxeter (Midlands National) doesn't really suit him.

"The race for him would be the Scottish National if it came up soft."


Betfred Grand National Trial (Handicap Chase)
£75,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 4f, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Heavy

Rigadin De Beauchene
Miss V Williams
R T Dunne
10st 8lbs
16 - 1
Emperor's Choice
Miss V Williams
Aidan Coleman
10st 8lbs
11 - 2
10 lengths
Loch Ba
M R Channon
D Elsworth
10st 7lbs
15 - 2
30 lengths
Nuts N Bolts
Miss Lucinda V Russell
P Buchanan
11st 1lbs
14 - 1
1 1/4 length
Our Father
D Pipe
C O'Farrell
11st 8lbs
5 - 1
2 lengths
Hawkes Point
P F Nicholls
Ryan Mahon
11st 6lbs
10 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
J Hughes
M D Grant
11st 1lbs
25 - 1
1 1/4 length
Across The Bay
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
11st 12lbs
18 - 1
Wychwoods Brook
Evan Williams
Conor Ring
11st 5lbs
11 - 1
Well Refreshed
G L Moore
Joshua Moore
11st 4lbs
22 - 1
Merry King
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 2lbs
9 - 2
F Brennan
Felix de Giles
10st 9lbs
66 - 1
Le Reve
Mrs L Wadham
D C Costello
10st 8lbs
18 - 1
Red Rocco
N A Twiston-Davies
Sam Twiston-Davies
10st 4lbs
16 - 1