Roi in Proudstown romp
Published 08/12/2012 | 16:44
Roi Du Mee supplemented two recent wins over fences with a neat victory over the smaller obstacles in the feature Proudstown Handicap Hurdle at Navan.
The seven-year-old, completing a treble for owners the Gigginstown House Stud, was far too good for the opposition under his much lower hurdles mark and gave 7lb claimer Jane Mangan an armchair ride.
Leading at the third-last flight, the 2-1 favourite overcame a mistake at the next and won as he liked by nine and a half lengths from Colbert Station.
"He's obviously better known as a chaser, but it was a good pot here (€17,875 first prize) and we decided to have a go," said trainer Gordon Elliott.
"He's been a great horse for us and it would be nice if we had a few more like him. He'll go for something like the Listed chase at Tramore on New Year's Day."
Gigginstown had already landed two victories through Un Atout and Rule The World, both of them ridden by Davy Russell.
The latter (4-5 favourite) took the Meath Novice Hurdle in cosy style, leading two out and not being hard pushed to come home by four and a quarter lengths from Joncol, who gave his connections hope for a revival when staying on for second.
"He was workmanlike, but Davy was happy with him, which is the main thing," said trainer Mouse Morris.
"He'd appreciate better ground, but what can you do at the moment. There was an older/stronger horse in second there."