Hughes in no rush with Rare Bob

Sun 30th Dec 2012, 12:25

photoRare 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."

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