18 confirmations for Grand National Trial at Haydock
Last year's first and second Well Refreshed and Rigadin De Beauchene are on course for Saturday's Grand National Trial.
Last Updated: 10/02/14 1:18pm
Gary Moore's charge ran out a 10-length winner of the Grade Three heat last year off a feather weight of 10st.
He will have to contend with a 12lb higher mark this time and arrives on the back of a disappointing effort when pulled up in the Welsh National over the festive period.
Moore felt there was a valid excuse that day and is hoping his charge can bounce back to winning form.
"Saturday is the target, all being well," he said. "We'll work in the week and scope him and, as long as both go well, Haydock is the plan.
"He came back sick from Chepstow but he's been working better and looks better in himself now."
Well Refreshed beat Rigadin De Beauchene into second in 2013 and Venetia Williams' charge is in the frame for another crack at the three-and-a-half-mile contest, as is third-placed Monbeg Dude from Michael Scudamore's yard.
Donald McCain's Across The Bay tops 18 confirmations for the race and could also be joined in the line-up by stablemate Sydney Paget.
Alan King's Godsmejudge, winner of last year's Scottish Grand National, could try his luck, with Evan Williams' Wychwoods Brook potentially out to supplement his Peter Marsh Chase victory.
Welsh National second Hawkes Point, course winner Nuts N Bolts and recent Ffos Las scorer Emperor's Choice, a stablemate of Rigadin De Beauchene, are other notable runners.
On His Own and Rockyaboya were, however, taken out of contention by Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins.