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  • Its Mee At Fairyhouse

At The Races Bobbyjo Chase (Grade 2) 3m 1f

  • (5yo+, 3m 1f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 5.60s
  • Off time: 14:35:11
  • Last Updated: February 23 2013, 17:00 GMT

Roi Du Mee outspeeded Grand National hopes Prince De Beauchene and Seabass to take the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse.

Davy Russell: Another big winner
Davy Russell: Another big winner

The 5/1 chance was only third behind Prince De Beauchene in the same Grade Two contest 12 months ago, but had looked an improved performer this season, winning four of his previous five races en-route to this contest.

Davy Russell executed an excellent front-running ride aboard the winner, with Prince De Beauchene travelling on his heels for much of the three-mile-one-furlong trip.

The pair were racing alongside each other coming to the fourth-last fence but a mistake from Prince De Beauchene saw him lose some momentum.

He soon came back on the bridle for Paul Townend and as the race got serious two fences from home, Katie Walsh produced Seabass to launch his challenge.

However Roi Du Mee proved game up front and despite moving across to the stands rail, he kept finding for Russell and held on by two lengths.

"He's game and he's a fit horse too, so maybe with those other horses still having their first couple of races that might have given him the edge," jockey Davy Russell told At The Races.

Winning trainer Gordon Elliott is now mulling the options for Roi Du Mee, who is entered at the Cheltenham Festival and in the National.

He said: "We put a tongue strap on him today and it seemed to bring about a bit more improvement.

"I'm not sure what we'll do but he's in the Ryanair Chase and in the National. We hadn't really looked beyond today and we'll see how he comes out of this."

Owner Graham Wylie refused to be downcast over the performance of Prince De Beauchene, despite the horse's defeat.

"He ran with the choke out in the first half of the race and that's perhaps why he didn't quite get home, but that will take the fizz out of him," said Wylie.

"He's a very good jumper and hopefully he will jump well round there too.

"I've just been talking to Willie and we'll see how he is in the morning but he might just have a racecourse gallop before the race now and he'll go there with On His Own

"We were a bit surprised when On His Own won this week, as he's a stayer, but he's a stayer with a bit of speed. Hopefully they will both go to Aintree with good chances."

Seabass' trainer Ted Walsh was satisfied with his runner's National prep, saying: "That was a good run - he ran up to his mark. Katie (Walsh, jockey) said he said he gave a good blow between the last two."

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