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Dawalan jumps off with $300,000 Grand National
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FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Irv Naylor’s Dawalan fought past resilient British invader Eshtiaal in Far Hills’ stretch to win Saturday’s $300,000 Grand National by a length. Naylor, the National Steeplechase Association’s leading owner, just missed a one-two finish when his Rawnaq closed ground to finish third, a nose behind Will Salthouse’s and Mark McKay’s Eshtiaal. Imported after this spring’s Grand National meet in England, Dawalan thrust himself into the wide-open battle for the NSA’s Lonesome Glory Champions Award and the year’s Eclipse Award with a highly professional victory over a high-class field.