Roi Du Mee Eases To Tramore Feature

Tue 1st Jan 2013, 14:38

Roi Du Mee jumps a fence in front of Tranquil Sea
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By Donal Murphy
Champion jockey Davy Russell started 2013 off on a good note as he completed a double at Tramore aboard the Gordon Elliott trained Roi Du Mee (won earlier aboard Milborough) in the feature Listed Holden Plant Rentals Chase.

The French bred 8yo son of Lavirco was going for his fourth success in-a-row this afternoon and he delivered in style at the odds of even money favourite.

Having disputed the lead with Ordinary Man for much of the contest he led before the fourth last and despite jumping slightly to his left at the second last he stayed on strongly on the run-in to record an easy seven and a half-length success.

The Edward O’Grady trained Tranquil Sea finished second at 4/1 under Barry Geraghty while Blazing Tempo (2/1) finished a disappointing third a further five lengths back under Paul Townend for Willie Mullins.

Davy Russell said afterwards: "I'm mad about him. We tried to up him in class last year but he wasn’t able for it. He is very good at this level.

"He loves the conditions and he is a real trier. He jumps well but when he meets one wrong you just have to sit quiet and he’ll figure it out for himself."

(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

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