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Backstage warms up in style

Gordon Elliott's Backstage completed his preparations for the John Smith's Grand National in perfect style with a win in a point-to-point on Sunday.

The nine-year-old was still going well in the Aintree showpiece last April when he unseated Davy Condon on the second circuit.

Ridden by Jamie Codd at The Pigeons in County Westmeath, Backstage burst past Tony Martin's Newbay Prop to win going away and now all roads lead to Liverpool.

The trainer said: "That worked out perfect. Jamie was very impressed with him and he said he improved a lot for the last day. He'll go straight to Aintree now for the National."

Backstage is currently a 12-1 chance with totesport for the world-famous race on April 9.

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