Down Royal

  • 14:30 Champion Chase 3m

  • 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
14:30 Down Royal Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Roi Du Mee (FR) 12/1
2nd Sizing Europe (IRE) 9/4


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 32213-3 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star First Lieutenant (IRE) 16
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 11-10 p M F Morris D N Russell 170 9/43.25
2 F7/1P7P- Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 192
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 158 6/17.00
3 P24141- YELLOW, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Mount Benbulben (IRE) 193
Distance Winner
8 11-10 G Elliott D E Mullins 160 9/25.50
4 5151/12- Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Prince De Beauchene (FR) 252
Beaten Favourite
10 11-10 W P Mullins R Walsh 155 7/18.00
6 1211-F2 Maroon, white star and armlets, blue cap Roi Du Mee (FR) 16
Distance Winner
8 11-10 t G Elliott B J Cooper 154 12/113.00
7 11122-1 EMERALD GREEN, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap Sizing Europe (IRE) 28
11 11-10 H de Bromhead A E Lynch 169 9/43.25
Non runners
536145-FQuito De La Roque (FR)911-10C A MurphyB J Cooper157


Henry De Bromhead has attempted to win this twice with SIZING EUROPE but the great two-miler has been thwarted by Kauto Star in 2010 and Quito De La Roque a year later. Whether he can last out this time is a matter of conjecture but nothing will be going better at two and a half miles and hopefully he can hang on this time. Cheltenham Gold Cup third and Betfred Bowl winner First Lieutenant had the cobwebs blown off at Punchestown last month in preparation for this. He finished a length runner-up to Kauto Stone in this last year with Quito De La Roque a further 4l back in third. The winner didn't produce anything like that kind of form in three subsequent runs but obviously likes it around here and goes best fresh. Mount Benbulben was beaten 5l by Realt More over 2m4f at Fairyhouse in March before landing an incident packed Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown.