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Willow's Saviour lands Ladbroke

Dan Skelton secured a major success in his first season as a trainer when Willow's Saviour landed The Ladbroke at Ascot.

Ridden by Skelton's brother, Harry, the six-year-old rattled off a hat-trick at the bottom of the handicap at odds of 10-1.

Willow's Saviour jumped the last in front, but needed to show plenty of guts to keep Ptit Zig at bay in a pulse-chasing finish.

The runner-up is trained by Paul Nicholls, Dan Skelton's former boss.

Irish raider Flaxen Flare was third, while Chris Pea Green finished fourth.

Harry Skelton said: "It's absolute magic. Who cares what happens after today - We've won a Ladbroke with him."

Dan Skelton said: "I just can't believe it. The whole day has been magic. "You've got to have a plan in this job, and we had one.

"I didn't come with any nerves. By nature I'm a bit of a brave guy, and so is the jockey."