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National glory for Brady

Duroob gave enthusiastic trainer Oliver Brady reason to cheer when landing a gamble in the Toals Bookmaker Ulster Grand National at Downpatrick.

The admirable Selection Box put up a bold display from the front end in the three-and-a-half-mile contest, but he was passed by both favourite Talab and Carsonstown Boy after the final obstacle.

Duroob (8-1) came by them all, however, under Adrian Heskin to land the prize by three lengths going away.

Brady said: "I've had that horse six years. He handles the track well.

"The wee horse is crying out for a trip. He's won four hurdles and that's his first chase win. I'll see where the handicapper puts him, but he would win the Irish Grand National! He jumps like a buck.

"I had a heart attack on January 5. Three weeks ago the doctors told me I would never see another winner never mind a racetrack, but Jesus is with me.

"The owner (Rita Shah) was after a new car and I promised her she would have a new Mercedes by the end of March!"

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