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Kylemore Lough and Barry Geraghty win

Kylemore Lough winning last year's Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse

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Kylemore Lough not among Ascot Chase six

SECOND-FAVOURITE Kylemore Lough was the only one of seven entries for Saturday's Betfair Ascot Chase withdrawn at Thursday's declaration stage.

Last seen finishing a distant fifth in the Cotswolds Chase, last year's Ryanair Gold Cup winner had been a general 5-1 shot behind Cue Card for Saturday's Grade 1.

The withdrawal of Kylemore Lough meant that the favourite tightened up in the betting and is now a best-priced 2-5 with bet365.

It also freed up jockey Jamie Moore, aboard Kylemore Lough for eight of his last nine starts, to ride Traffic Fluide, who had been set to be partnered by Noel Fehily.

Royal Regatta is now second-favourite for the race at 13-2, with Taquin Du Seuil 8-1 and Traffic Fluide, Shantou Flyer and Irish Cavalier all available at double-figure prices.

Blaklion on trial at Haydock

Blaklion, popular with a few firms after the announcement of the Grand National weights earlier in the week, will carry top weight of 11st 12lb in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock.

Last year's RSA Chase winner had been ante-post favourite and Paddy Power were first out of the blocks to price up the post-declaration market, offering 4-1.

Kruzhlinin was next in at 6-1, ahead of Vieux Lion Rouge at 13-2 and Goodtoknow at 15-2. Vintage Clouds (8-1) was the only other runner offered at single-figure odds.

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