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Layt's grand return

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Lee Gaskin

One More Grand ridden by Adrian Layt wins the Open Handicap at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

One More Grand ridden by Adrian Layt wins the Open Handicap at Thoroughbred Park on Friday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Persistence paid off for One More Grand, as the Neville Layt-trained gelding broke a 10-month drought to salute at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

After a string of placings, One More Grand ($9) hit the winning post in front for the first time since January in taking out the open handicap over 1300 metres.

The five-year-old took up the pace from the start and held on to win by a long neck from Fitness Fanatic ($5.50) and Moorings Capital ($14). One More Grand finished third at his past two outings, both at Canberra, but hung on to register his sixth win in 34 starts.

''Everything went his way and he boxed on real good,'' Layt said.

''When he leads like that he can finish it off. When he pinched a length on them on the turn, I knew he'd be very hard to get past.''

The mother-and-son training partnership of Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones continued to bear fruit with a double. Chasing Charlie justified his red-hot $2.10 favouritism to take out the 1000m maiden for two-year-olds, before impressive mare Oyster Bell ($9) pipped Moorings Siren by three-quarters of a length in the class 1 handicap over 1000m.

Fullerton ($3.60) made it two wins on the trot for trainer Nick Olive with victory in the benchmark 70 handicap over 2000m.

And Roman Alliance ($4.60) got the cash for Keith Dryden in the benchmark 62 handicap (1400m).

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