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Mall Dini Injury Blow For Reynolds

Mall Dini Injury Blow For Reynolds

Philip Reynolds has confirmed that a leg injury has ruled Mall Dini out of Saturday’s Grand National so Just A Par will run instead.

The Patrick Kelly-trained nine-year-old was lined up to feature in the showpiece race at Aintree this weekend but owner Reynolds revealed late on Thursday evening that an injury suffered in the build-up has ended his hopes.

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Reynolds, who watched Moon Over Germany win the Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase on Thursday afternoon, said: “I heard just a few minutes before Moon Over Germany ran that Mall Dini has got a leg injury.

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“I said to Rachael (Blackmore) just before the race started that I needed a pick up, big time. I’ve wanted a runner in the National for a long time and this has happened on the eve of the National.”

The James Moffatt-trained Just A Par will step up from the reserve list to take the place of Mall Dini as the 12-year-old targets a first race win since the Greatwood Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Newbury in March 2017 when part of Paul Nicholls’ stable.

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