Hughes out to plunder Cork National again
DESSIE HUGHES, successful in the Cork Grand National last year with Raz De Maree, this time relies on Wise Oscar to give him victory in the 3m4f chase (3.25).
Wise Oscar was sixth in the Munster National last time out, and Hughes believes the softer going will aid the nine year-old's chances, as he said: "He's in very good form and I think the soft ground will suit him better than the good he raced on in the Munster National last time. I think he should get the trip."
One of four JP McManus-owned runners in the race, Wise Oscar is disputing favouritism with Ipsos Du Berlais and Rockyaboya.
As well as Cork, there is jumps racing from Carlisle and Huntingdon, while Leopardstown stages a Flat fixture.
1. Be slightly cautious of David Pipe's Seattle Drive in the 1.45 at Huntingdon. The trainer's record in claiming hurdles since 2008 reads a modest 2-17 (12 per cent -£10.50).
2. Jamie Moore has only ridden in four chases at Carlisle previously but three of those mounts won, yielding a profit of £21 to £1 level stakes. His only ride of the day is Grey Gold for Richard Lee in the 2m4f handicap chase at 2.40.
Pointers provided by Raceform Interactive
Cork: soft, yielding to soft in places
Huntingdon: good to soft, soft in places