At Cork Racecourse Mallow on Sunday, Tralee's Bryan Cooper crowned an unbelieveable week, having ridden six winners, when winning the €50,000 Paddy Power Cork Grand National in most dramatic circumstances on the 11/2 second favourite, Raz De Maree, for trainer Dessie Hughes.In the stamina sapping three and a half mile contest.
Cooper waited until four out before making smooth progress, and racing to the second last he challenged and appeared to have every chance. However, racing to the last Outlaw Pete, a 14/1 outsider, had gone into a slender lead but ran out through the wing, leaving Cooper clear for an unchallenged victory, with the favourite Bundle Of Fun second, Ardglen third, and Zardsky fourth.
Speaking afterwards Cooper said of the incident: ''I knew my fellow would stay and I was still pretty confident of victory, despite of what happened at the last." A subsequent stewards inquiry followed, butr the placings stood.
This was another major success for Cooper, bringing the hugely talented 20year old's total for the season to date to 32 winners.
Cork's next race meeting, at Cork Racecourse Mallow, takes place on Sunday, November 18 commencing at 12.45pm.