Roi Du Mee runs rivals ragged at Tramore
Report: Tramore, Tuesday
Holden Plant Rentals Chase (Listed Race) 2m5f
EVEN-MONEY shots don't always make a procession of Listed chases, especially when having to give weight away all-round on heavy going, but Roi Du Mee barely had to come out of first gear to account for his three rivals and make it four wins on the bounce.
Settled in second behind the pacesetting Ordinary Man, Davy Russell took it up in the back straight on the final circuit and once in front never looked like being challenged.
Tranquil Sea and Blazing Tempo, who had sat in rear, failed to cover the move and were both soon under pressure with Russell increasing the pace in front.
A mistake two out gave slight hope to Barry Geraghty on Tranquil Sea, who fared best of the remainder, but when Roi Du Mee snapped straight back on the bridle the writing was on the wall.
A better jump at the last sealed it and Russell pulled comfortably clear to extend his already authoritative lead on the eight-year-old.
"I'm absolutely mad about this horse," said the reigning Irish champion jockey. "We tried stepping him up in grade last year but he wasn't quite up to it.
"This is his level and in this grade and on this ground he's very effective. He loves this type of ground and he's a lovely horse."