Fox rides Raz to National victory

More from Cork where Ger Fox enjoyed more staying success in the saddle, this time aboard Raz De Maree.

Ger Fox celebrates on Rogue Angel

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 prize 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.

It was another high profile staying chase win for Fox, who rode Rogue Angel to victory in both the Kerry National and Irish National earlier this year.

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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."

Coolbane West (14/1) defied a rise in the weights to follow up his Gowran Park victory in the Paddy Power Paddys Numbers Handicap Hurdle.

The seven-year-old had appeared a fortunate winner on his previous start, Call Vinnie having fallen when seemingly in command, but that rival had no excuse in the rematch as he finished third as the 7/2 favourite.

In the first race on the card, the Paddy Power Betting Shops Maiden Hurdle, Little Stevie stayed on well to win for Enda Bolger.

Sent off 2/1 on his first start since chasing home Sound Money in the spring, the four-year-old had little trouble getting off the mark under Barry O'Connell.

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