Raz De Maree repeats Cork National success
Raz De Maree rolled back the years to win his second Paddy Power Cork Grand National.
Gavin Cromwell's Raz De Maree rolled back the years to win his second Paddy Power Cork Grand National.
It is four years since the veteran followed up victory in the Munster National by landing this three-and-a-half-mile handicap chase for the late Dessie Hughes.
While he had failed to win a single race since, he shaped with promise when runner-up on his seasonal reappearance at Gowran Park last month and he was 14-1 for his return to Cork.
The 11-year-old travelled and jumped with plenty of enthusiasm throughout in the hands of Ger Fox and found plenty after the final fence to see off Forever Gold by half a length.
Fox said: "That was badly needed for both myself and the horse. Things have gone a bit slow for me at the moment and rides are tightening up a bit.
"It's great to ride a big winner for Gavin as I ride plenty for him and Fran Flood and I'm also based with Noel Meade.
"The race wasn't run over-quick and it suited him as he wants soft ground and ran a great race at Gowran a month ago.
"He made a bad mistake at the fifth-last fence but travelled great and is game and stays."
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Source: At The Races