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Down Royal

  • 14:30 JNwine.com Champion Chase 3m

  • (Grade 1) €140,000 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €84,000 2nd €26,600 3rd €12,600 4th €4,200
  • Going: Yielding to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 10.30s
  • Off time: 14:30:15

Full result

14:30 Down Royal Result 2nd November 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Roi Du Mee (FR) 11-10 B J Cooper G Elliott 8 12/1
Made all, strongly pressed throughout, slight mistake 5 out, pushed out to assert before 2 out, soon clear, easily opened 12/1 touched 12/1
2nd 13 Sizing Europe (IRE) 11-10 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 11 9/4j
Held up early, mistake 4th, closer in 4th halfway, 3rd 8 out, improved to 2nd approaching 4 out, pushed along and slight mistake 3 out, soon ridden and no impression winner before 2 out, kept on same pace, mistake last opened 3/1 touched 3/1
3rd 10 Prince De Beauchene (FR) 11-10 R Walsh W P Mullins 10 7/1
Prominent and close up early, 3rd from 7th, dropped to rear before 7 out, headway into 4th and mistake 3 out, soon ridden, no impression in moderate 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace opened 8/1 touched 8/1
4th First Lieutenant (IRE) 11-10 D N Russell M F Morris 8 9/4j
Chased leaders in 3rd early, 2nd from 7th, close up from next, pushed along in 3rd approaching 4 out, ridden entering straight, no extra in 4th before 2 out, kept on one pace opened 5/2 touched 5/2
5th Kauto Stone (FR) 11-10 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 7 6/1
Held up in rear, improved into 4th 8 out, pushed along in 5th 4 out, left 4th, no extra in 5th next, kept on one pace opened 5/1 touched 6/1
UR Mount Benbulben (IRE) 11-10 D E Mullins G Elliott 8 9/2
Held up early, closer in 4th at 3rd, dropped to rear before halfway, niggled along briefly 8 out, headway into 4th 5 out, close on inner when bad mistake and unseated rider next opened 4/1 touched 9/2
NR Quito De La Roque (FR) 11-10 B J Cooper C A Murphy 9

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £16.00 Tote Place: £3.00,1.60
Straight Forecast: £41.24 Exacta: £47.70

Verdict

A cracking renewal featuring, among others, last year's winner Kauto Stone but, not unlike Paul Nicholls' runner, the contest rather seemed to lose its way. That's not to take anything away from ROI DU MEE, a dual Grade Two winner, whose consistency and jumping gained him a first success at this level. He still appears to be improving, has the pace for shorter trips and has run well on good ground in the spring although it is notable that 8 of his 13 career wins have come when 'heavy' was in the going description with the remainder all achieved on soft. He should be set for another profitable winter while he has conditions in his favour. The ground certainly wasn't in favour of Sizing Europe who was finishing second in this race for the third time in as many attempts. He didn't jump as well as he can do as he again attempted to prove his stamina for this trip but connections subsequently revealed that the 'experiment' would be shelved and their stable stalwart will revert in trip and be aimed at the Ryanair Chase. He may not have been second had Mount Benbulben stood up but the latter's jumping frailties again surfaced. It was too far out to be certain where he'd have finished but he appeared to be going as well as anything when departing and is a very talented performer on his day but his fencing is in danger of preventing him fulfilling his ability. Despite the ground being softer than ideal, this had appeared to be an excellent opportunity for First Lieutenant (second in this last year) who was expected to improve from his respectable reappearance; however, he failed to fire and was one of the first beaten. He can be given another chance to prove that this running was all wrong. Kauto Stone, in contrast, is running out of chances having struggled to build on his win in this race 12 months ago and there was little in this performance to suggest that his career was back on track. Prince De Beauchene ran a perfectly respectable race on his first run since February and the outing should have blown away the cobwebs. He handles testing conditions well and this sound jumper could be set for a profitable winter unless connections opt to campaign him with the Grand National in mind in which case connections could always revert to hurdling as they did last season.