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Haydock Park

  • 14:55 Betfred Grand National Trial 3m 5f

  • (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) £75,000 added 5yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 42.88s
  • Off time: 14:55:08

Lie Forrit digs deep to win Grand National trial at Haydock Park

Last Updated: 14/02/15 8:40pm

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Lie Forrit (left) and Harry The Viking take the final fence together in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock Park.

Lie Forrit (left) and Harry The Viking take the final fence together in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock Park.

Lie Forrit got up in the dying strides to deny his old rival Harry The Viking in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock.

The Lucinda Russell-trained 11-year-old had fended off Harry The Viking at Kelso five weeks ago and the two veterans were again to the fore as they fought out the finish to the valuable handicap chase over three miles and five furlongs.

Lie Forrit (8/1) took up the running from Gas Line Boy after the fourth-last fence, only for Harry The Viking (12/1) to loom large at the final obstacle and grab a narrow lead.

Both horses kept on resolutely all the way to the line and Peter Buchanan managed to get Lie Forrit in front where it mattered to land the spoils by a head.

The leading pair pulled 19 lengths clear of Monbeg Dude (13/2) and Tony McCoy in third.

Russell said: "I love this race, that's the third time we have won it, Silver By Nature (dual winner) was a legend and so is this lad.

"We knew he wouldn't be able to dominate today, Peter said he had plenty in the tank coming up the straight but it didn't look like that to me watching it.

"He lost his nerve over fences as a novice, but obviously he was a very good hurdler. That meant his chase mark was much lower and he has been better than ever this season.

"The Scottish National is the plan now, he has proved he stays. We didn't even enter him for Aintree, so he will go straight there."

Sandy Thomson, trainer of the runner-up, said: "We only paid £14,000 for him and he has won that back already.

"We have entered for Aintree, but he probably won't get in, so Ayr would be the plan if he doesn't."

Sky Bet cut Harry The Viking's Crabbie's Grand National odds from 100/1 to 50/1, but eased Monbeg Dude out from 25/1 to 33/1, despite a fair run in third.

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