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Hughes aiming Bob at Aintree

Dessie Hughes may give Rare Bob one more run before the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree in the spring.

The 11-year-old delighted his trainer when finishing fourth to Roi Du Mee in the Bobbyjo Chase, usually a significant trial for the Aintree showpiece.

Rare Bob will receive much more there than the 5lb he got from the principals that also included runner-up Prince De Beauchene and Seabass.

"I was more than pleased. He's back as good as ever I think this year," said Hughes.

"He'll be a stone better at Aintree with two or three he ran against on Saturday.

"He'll probably run in a three-mile-two conditions chase at Down Royal on March 17. If not, he'll run in a hurdle race just before that.

"One of those might just fit in well before Aintree. We'll see.

"It was a lovely run. He jumped well apart from one little mistake."