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Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Raz De Maree lands another big prize for stamina-laden family

How the Coral Welsh Grand National winner was bred

Raz De Maree and James Bowen clear the last en route to winning the Coral Welsh Grand National
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In a Welsh National success that combined young and old, Raz De Maree - a teenage son of Shaanmer - became the oldest Graded winner of the jumps season so far in Britain and Ireland under a textbook ride from James Bowen, who is still not old enough to drive.

With his page replete with top-class chasers who have shown their prowess over extended three-mile trips, it is hardly surprising Raz De Maree looked fresh as he made his way home after a 3m5½f slog on heavy ground around Chepstow.

Bred by Michele Juhen-Cypres, Raz De Maree is a half-brother to the dam of Undressed, twice placed behind Saturday's hero in the Cork National, and Arkwrisht, who placed in the Kerry National.

The 13-year-old is also a half-brother to the dam of Vezelay, who was third to Cue Card in the 2016 Betfair Chase.

They are out of a half-sister to the dual French Gold Cup winner Ucello II, who in turn is out of a sister to Nupsala - the first of many successful French raiders in Britain for trainer Francois Doumen, while this is also the family of Irish Grand National scorer Organisedconfusion.


Relive Raz De Maree's rousing success at Chepstow


Shaanmer, who was runner-up in the Prix Jean Prat and Grand Prix de Paris in 2002, stood for a number of years at Haras de Cercy in France, from where he also sired the talented chaser Tenor Nivernais. 

The late Dessie Hughes bought Raz De Maree as a store for £16,000 at Doncaster in 2009 and marked his National scorecard early with wins in the Cork and Munster Nationals in 2012, before his daughter Sandra trained him to finish second in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. 

Switched to the yard of Gavin Cromwell, Raz De Maree added his name to the Cork National roll of honour for a second time in 2016, before finishing second in that year's Welsh National.

Another tilt at the Aintree Grand National may now be on the cards for Raz De Maree, who was unlucky to lose his rider after Becher's Brook first time round in last year's race.


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Another tilt at the Aintree Grand National may now be on the cards for Raz De Maree
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