Young Tralee jockey Bryan Cooper enjoyed one of the highlights of his blossoming career at Limerick on Sunday, when guiding the Dessie Hughes trained Raz De Maree to victory in the featured Munster National.
Four horses came down to the second last fence neck and neck but from there the winning duo asserted and stayed on strongly for a convincing victory. Quietly Fancied just held the favourite Questions Answered for the runner-up spot.
Winning handler Hughes said: “That’s my first time winning the race and it was my birthday during the week. We were hoping there would be a good three-mile chase in him as he stays so well.
“He’s small, but he’s a natural jumper. He got beaten in the Midlands National at Kilbeggan under a big weight and 10st 4lb suited him better.
“He ran ordinary in Galway on heavy ground. He couldn’t go on it. He wouldn’t have wanted the ground any worse. The Troytown is a possibility.”