Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Crawford is confident Killyglen can triumph

Ulster trainer Stuart Crawford is relishing tomorrow’s Grand National in which his horse Killyglen goes for glory.

Organisedconfusion, owned by Killinchy businessman Alan Dunlop, also represents Ulster hopes, while Moneyglass native Tony McCoy rides Synchronised.

Larne-based Crawford is confident Killyglen will improve on last year’s promising performance in the race when he fell four fences from home when in third place.

Crawford (34) said: “I intend to run Killyglen in the same way as last year and I hope he is up with the pace.

“Robbie Power is in the saddle again and he won the race in 2007 on Silver Birch.

“Robbie was in the saddle when Killyglen won at Down Royal last month and I have every confidence Robbie will ride a big race at Aintree.

“Killyglen did us proud at Down Royal for his winning distance was five and a half lengths and I believe he has every chance at Aintree.

“It's not often you get to have a runner in this race and I have a second go at it. I am delighted.

“I suppose you could say I am lucky for Killyglen appears to like Aintree and that's a big plus,” Crawford said.

Before he ran at Down Royal, Killyglen was to have appeared at Doncaster but a soft pallet operation put paid to that.

Now he is bidding for glory and could very well surprise a lot of those who fancy other horses.

Killyglen is around 14-1 and Crawford added: “I think it was that win at Down Royal that changed things. Before that he was unheard of.

“Robbie is obviously key to the whole race for he has Aintree experience and has also ridden Killyglen.”

All things being equal it looks as though Crawford has as big a chance as any.

Gordon Elliott, who trained Silver Birch to victory in 2007, has a big chance to star with Chicago Grey who is sure to go close while Arthur Moore will run Organisedconfusion, winner of the Irish Grand National last year.

Moore's family has a long connection with Aintree and Arthur's father, Dan Moore, won the big race in 1975 with L'escargot.

Chicago Grey is also 14-1 and Organisedconfusion 25-1.

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