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  • 14:15 Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap Chase 3m 4f

  • (0-150) (Grade B) €50,000 added 4yo+ 17 ran
  • Winner €32,500 2nd €9,500 3rd €4,500 4th €1,500
  • Going: Yielding, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 32.10s
  • Off time: 14:15:18

Lady Luck favours Maree at Cork

Fortuitous winner of feature chase at Cork

Last Updated: 04/11/12 5:03pm

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Dessie Hughes: Trains Cork National winner Raz De Maree

Dessie Hughes: Trains Cork National winner Raz De Maree

Raz De Maree added another win to his Munster National success with a slightly lucky victory in the Paddy Power Cork Grand National.

Having been put up 9lb for his success at Limerick, many thought Dessie Hughes' diminutive chaser might have his work cut out in deep ground.

He was never really travelling for Bryan Cooper but began to make relentless headway inside the last half mile.

Despite his progress, Outlaw Pete held a decisive advantage until running out at the final fence, leaving Raz De Maree to come home nine lengths clear of Bundle Of Fun.

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."

Cooper has been banging in winners with regularity of late and came close to notching the biggest success of his career on First Lieutenant in the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, when narrowly beaten by Kauto Stone.

"I had an unbelievable October and it's great to start November in the same way," said Cooper.

"I got a great spin off First Lieutenant and this lad might be the type for an Irish National off a low weight."

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