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Killyglen Confirmed for Champion Chase at Down Royal


Continuing the proud tradition on the National Hunt circuit of all the sons of Presenting, Killyglen will line up in the 2011 Champion Chase. Connections confirmed today that the nine-year-old is ready to run after a place finish in a handicap hurdle contest at Gowran Park. A lifetime earner of just under one hundred thousand in sterling, the versatile horse has shown the ability to mix it up nicely between hurdles and chases – though he is not considered a genuine specialist at either.


Conditioner Stewart Crawford not only confirmed Killyglen as one of the shining lights in their barn, but he also stated that the end goal for him was likely to be the John Smith's Grand National Chase at Aintree.

As it currently stands, Killyglen is priced at around 25/1 for the National and he represents an interesting option as he likely won't be taking a substantial amount of money without a real genuine step up in performance, however, those expecting an above-average race in this one from Killyglen will likely do well to back him to win the National as the bookmakers will surely clip him to 16/1 if he hits the board in any way.

Killyglen fell at the sixth fence in the National this year after looking fairly good before blundering at the fifth.

Sizing Europe is lined up for the Champion Chase and he'll be taking a relatively substantial amount for this one – as will some of the other multiple Grade 1 winners ready to run in this contest.

Forpadydeplasterer is a great candidate to finish second as that really seems to be all that he's capable of. He certainly put in his best effort to lose hie seasonal debut at Punchestown when he went off at 4/11 only to be bested in a three-horse-race by Roi Du Mee.

Sir Alex Ferguson's What A Friend is also set to run in the Champion Chase on November 5.