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Tributes Pour In For Racing Great, Dessie Hughes

The news that Irish trainer and racing great, Dessie Hughes, passed away yesterday, aged 71, was met with sadness by all in the racing community and tributes to the great man have continued to pour in from all of those who knew him and his family.…

Dessie Hughes

Dessie Hughes was one of Ireland’s most established and skilled trainers who had success with many different horses, with Hardy Eustace being one of the most notable. Like a lot of other trainers, he started out as a jockey and won the 1977…

Raz De Maree

From the Dessie Hughes yard in Ireland comes Raz De Maree, his only entry for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National. Originally placed much further down the entries list after the weights were handed out, at number 64, a significant number…

Davy Condon

Davy Condon is a National Hunt jockey who is a native of Glengoura, East Cork, Ireland. He followed the popular route for aspiring jockey's, having been something of a star on the pony racing scene. Both his grandfather and father were jockey's…

Alls Not Lost For Raz De Maree

Dessie Hughes was no doubt hoping that with Barry Geraghty on board, his charge Raz De Maree would be able to seriously challenge in the recent Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas last week but despite his best efforts, things did not go…

Magnanimity

Owned by Gigginstown Stud, or Michael O'Leary in other words, Magnanimity is one of the horses lucky enough to benefit from the scratchings process as prior to the second round he hadn't actually made the cut into top 40 to start the race. But…

Tofino Bay

Irish trainer Dessie Hughes has never won a Grand National and despite his best attempts has only come in 2nd with Black Apalachi in 2010. In 2013 he had two excellent contenders in the form of Tofino Bay and Rare Bob, both of whom were on terrific…
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Rare Bob

From the Dessie Hughes yard came Rare Bob in 2013, an eleven year old Irish horse who ran in the 2012 National but was brought down at the fifth fence under jockey Bryan Cooper. Between the 2012 and 2013 renewals he had four races, the first…

Black Apalachi

In 2012, then 13 years old, this was, undoubtedly, Black Apalachi's final shot at the Aintree Grand National, having entered in 2008, 2009 and 2010 where he fell and unseated his rider in the first two before getting is best finish in 2nd place…