Grand National Trial: Giles Cross wins Haydock race

Denis O'Regan
Denis O'Regan

Giles Cross became the first favourite to win the Grand National Trial for 10 years with a supreme performance over three and a half miles at Haydock.

Ridden by Denis O'Regan, the 4-1 shot - - held off the plucky challenge of Neptune Collonges.

Le Beau Bai, , was third.

"He is a very genuine horse who tries his heart out," said O'Regan of the Victor Dartnall-trained 10-year-old.

"I would love to ride him at the Grand National but it depends whether the ground suits him."

After leading from the start, Giles Cross has now seen his Grand National odds slashed by bookmakers to 20-1.

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