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Dessie Hughes is looking forward to sending Cork National winner Raz De Maree to Aintree this month

Updated: Monday, 05 Nov 2012 11:29 | Comments

Trainer Dessie Hughes is looking forward to sending Cork National winner Raz De Maree over the National fences at Aintree
Trainer Dessie Hughes is looking forward to sending Cork National winner Raz De Maree over the National fences at Aintree

Dessie Hughes is looking forward to seeing Raz De Maree tackle the giant fences at Aintree later this month after he secured the Cork Grand National on Sunday.

The diminutive chaser was an 11-2 chance to follow up his win in the Munster National at Limerick but he looked booked for minor honours turning for home.

However, Raz De Maree was left in front when Outlaw Pete ran out at the final fence and that left him to come home nine lengths clear of Bundle Of Fun under Bryan Cooper.

Hughes said: "He was given a good ride again. We left him alone and rode him more patiently. I don't know whether we would have won it but we won't give it back!

"The Becher Chase at Aintree is his next target. A bit more time would be nice but I think he will jump around those Aintree fences. Even though he is a handy horse, he is a fabulous jumper."

The incredible Baily Green wracked up a seventh consecutive victory in the Paddy Power EBF Novice Chase for Mouse Morris and David Casey.

Morris said: "I had his hind shoes taken off him and had him left out in a field after he won the last day. He was knocking down the door to be doing something though and I had to bring him in again.

"He'll let me know when he wants to stop but in the meantime could run at Punchestown in a few weeks time in a Grade Three over two miles.

"Either way I'm not going to abuse him as he has done so much already."

Our Vinnie (9-4 favourite) prevailed in a blanket finish for the Paddy Power Phone 1800 721 821 EBF Novice Hurdle.

Morris' Rule The World came looming up and looked sure to extend his unbeaten record under Davy Russell, but the three-mile trip just seemed to stretch his stamina.

Charles Byrnes' Our Vinnie showed plenty of determination and fought back to win by a head, with another head back to Busty Brown.

Dreams of the Cheltenham Festival have been ignited for the winning connections.

"He stuck at it well and all he does is stay," said Byrnes.

"It wasn't the plan to make the running but he had no choice. He will stick to staying novice hurdles now and the dream would be to go for the Albert Bartlett (20-1 with Stan James) at Cheltenham in March.

"He will have to improve a lot from today. The ground was plenty heavy enough for him and he will be better on better ground.

"Today was a good pot to win and we have no immediate plans for him now."

Pat Flynn has big hopes for Brog Deas (2-5 favourite), who landed the odds in the Paddy Power Mobile Betting 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

"He is only getting used to hurdles now. The ground will determine where he will go. If it is goodish he will go to Leopardstown for the Graded Juvenile Hurdle there," said Flynn.

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