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Killyglen delivers at Down Royal

Killyglen kept alive his John Smith's Grand National hopes at Down Royal with a first win for nearly three years.

Stuart Crawford's charge held fellow Aintree entry Saddlers Storm to register a welcome victory in the Daily Mirror Chase.

Saddlers Storm made a good fist of attempting to make all of the running, and Killyglen had to work hard to get the better of that rival, but Robbie Power sent Killyglen into the lead at the second-last fence and the 15-8 favourite went on to score by five and a half lengths.

Crawford revealed Power, who won the Grand National aboard Silver Birch in 2007, will retain the partnership at Aintree next month.

He said: "Robbie will ride him in the National. He was running a big race in third last year when he fell - he was tracking the leader, in fact.

"Everything has been geared towards the National this season whereas last year we only decided to go for it a few weeks before the race.

"He was due to run in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster a few weeks ago but had a palate operation and was not quite right for it so came here instead. That ground wasn't ideal for him. He's better off this year in the National as he's dropped 4lb or 5lb."


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