Russell delight as Roi Du Mee bags four-timer
Published 02/01/2013 | 05:00
Gordon Elliott's Roi Du Mee continued his rise up the ranks at Tramore by completing a four-timer in the featured Holden Plant Rentals Chase.
Only four went to post in the Listed contest, but his opponents included Edward O'Grady's former Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Tranquil Sea and Willie Mullins' smart mare Blazing Tempo.
Roi Du Mee was sent off the even-money favourite on the back of his easy victory over subsequent big-race winner Colbert Station, even though that came over hurdles.
Davy Russell kicked on half a mile out but Tranquil Sea looked a threat turning into the short home straight for the final time.
However, a big leap at the last from the favourite sealed the contest and he ran out an impressive seven-and-a-half-length winner from Tranquil Sea.
"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," said Russell.
It was a second winner of the afternoon for Russell, who also scored on Charles Byrnes' Milborough in the second of the maiden hurdles.
Off the track for 401 days, he was still sent off the 5/2 joint-favourite and ran out a two-length winner. "He won it well and he will probably go for a handicap now," said Byrnes. "He has been off the track for a while with pulled muscles in his back. He stays well and I think he will improve."
The opening maiden hurdle went to Pat Flynn's smart Flat performer Waydownsouth, while Eoin Doyle sent out odds-on favourite Lookoutnow to claim the two-mile, five-furlong handicap hurdle by 13 lengths from Raven's Feather.
Lookoutnow's rider Mikey Butler later doubled up when partnering Preswell Lad to a narrow success from Dunroe Boy in the concluding handicap chase.