Wholestone triumphed at Aintree
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Wholestone made a pleasing comeback to win the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre Hurdle at Aintree.

A small but select field of five contested this 2 ½ mile race.

As the tapes went up, it was Agrapart who led from Wholestone, with Vision Des Flos pulling hard, racing between Un Temps Pour Tout and Unowhatimeanharry.

Settling down, Agrapart and Lizzie Kelly continued to set the pace, with the five well bunched.

Agrapart took the field into the home straight for the first time, with a two-length lead over Wholestone, with the quintet buffeted by the wind.

Racing away from the stands, Agrapart led Wholestone and Vision Des Flos, with Unowhatimeanharry next and then Un Temps Pour Tout.

With a circuit covered, Un Temps Pour Tout became detached from the other four runners.

Four out, Agrapart was passed by Vision Des Flos and Wholestone, while Unowhatimeanharry was being urged for more by Barry Geraghty.

Up front, Vision Des Flos turned for home ahead of Wholestone, with Unowhatimeanharry under pressure and still four lengths back.

Two from home and Wholestone came to challenge Vision Des Flos, powering into the lead at the last.

Wholestone did not jump fluently, but moved further clear and while Vision Des Flos closed a little, he was always held off by the leader and Sam Twiston-Davies.

At the line, the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Wholestone was still three lengths ahead of Vision Des Flow, with Unowhatimeanharry and Agrapart closing somewhat in third and fourth.