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  • 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
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  • Winning time: 6m 10.30s
  • Off time: 14:30:15

Roi du Mee reigns at Down Royal when taking the JNwine.com Champion Chase

Last Updated: 02/11/13 2:58pm

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Bryan Cooper: Made the most of the opportunity

Bryan Cooper: Made the most of the opportunity

Outsider-of-six Roi Du Mee outjumped and outstayed his rivals to win the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.

With his intended mount Quito de la Roque a non-runner, Bryan Cooper came in for the ride aboard the Gordon Elliott-trained 12/1 winner and made the most of the opportunity, taking the race by the scruff of the neck from a fairly early stage.

However it was a race that seemed more full of disappointments than future star performances as Sizing Europe once again seemed to show that three miles on soft ground finds him out, First Lieutenant faded out of contention from the third-last fence, while last year's winner Kauto Stone offered little sparkle at all.

Prince Be Beauchene travelled strongly for a long way but found little for pressure, while Mount Benbulben would surely have gone close only for his long-standing fencing frailties to surface again as he came down four out.

The winning trainer didn't have much time to enjoy the success as he concentrated his efforts upon trying to catch the loose-running Mount Benbulben.

"His jumping really did it for me, he jumped from fence to fence - it was great," said Cooper. "I was pretty confident that if they came to me, I'd have had something left. He's a tough horse and he showed today how good he is."

Elliott added: "He's some little horse, he's a little terrier. I felt sorry for Mount Benbulben. I had my eye on him, then he fell. I thought he was cantering when he came down. He'll win another big race when he gets it right.

"I thought I had this fella in good form, but I felt we were in for third or fourth place today."

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