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Williams star State ready for his National bid.

STATE Of Play came through his final serious piece of work with flying colours ahead of the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

The 11-year-old has not run since he finished third to Don't Push It in the great race 12 months ago. He was also fourth in 2009.

Welsh trainer Evan Williams reports his stable stalwart to be in fine shape as he attempts to make it third-time lucky in the four-and-a-half mile marathon.

"He did his final piece of work on Saturday and he will have a school on Monday morning, but everything is good and we're happy with him," said Williams.

"We've got a nice bit of grass we use in the spring and summer on some low-lying ground and he had a spin there.

"I'm not concerned about the ground at Aintree. It will be good fresh ground and there will be no excuses."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 4, 2011
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