Hughes in no rush with Rare Bob

Sun 30th Dec 2012, 12:25
Rare Bob (left) pictured winning at Punchestown in 2009
Rare Bob (left) pictured winning at Punchestown in 2009
(Healy Racing Photos)
Dessie Hughes is in no hurry to plot a route back to the John Smith's Grand National with his Aintree contender Rare Bob.

The regular Liverpool visitor has had a difficult time over the famous fences, as he was a good fifth in last year's Becher Chase but was brought down at the fifth in the National.

He was tailed off on his most recent outing behind Tidal Bay in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

"I had Rare Bob entered in a Pertemps Qualifier but when we worked him he just wasn't ready," said Hughes.

"I hope to run him somewhere over hurdles in January before he goes back over fences.

"There's no rush with him, his main aim is Aintree and the National again."

Jumps racing goes ahead in England

While it is a blank day at home there is action today in England and this afternoon's meeting at Taunton goes ahead after the track passed a morning inspection.