Rare Bob on Becher trail
Rare Bob will attempt to give Dessie Hughes his third winner of the Betfred Becher Chase in four years at Aintree on Saturday.
The veteran trainer sent out Black Apalachi (2008) and Vic Venturi (2009) to win this handicap chase over the Grand National fences, and expects Rare Bob -- fourth in the 2009 Irish Grand National -- to join them.
"I'm looking forward to going over to Liverpool with Rare Bob. Jockey arrangements haven't been finalised yet, but I'm sure we'll be able to get a decent jockey for him," Hughes said.
"It doesn't matter to him if it rains or not. He goes on good ground. I think he might like the Aintree course. He's a good jumper, he likes a bit of a trip, three miles and two. The fences might be a bit of a challenge for him, so he might take to them. I wasn't very pleased with him in Down Royal (in the JNwine.com Champion Chase). He never got hold of his bridle.
"I intended putting blinkers or cheekpieces on the next day he runs, because he had them on before when he won, but I don't think he needs them for Liverpool."
Hughes, meanwhile, believes Rivage D'Or's ability to handle testing conditions will stand him in good stead in Sunday's Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse.
"He's a good staying horse and gets the trip well. Going on the ground will be a big asset to him and he's in good form ," he said.