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Roi Du Mee secures a Down Royal approval under Paul Carberry

By Ron McKnight

Roi Du Mee, a former winner of the JNWine.com Chase at the Down Royal Festival, returned to the course and picked up another prestigious prize after success in the Feature Chase with Paul Carberry aboard.

Roi Du Mee made all the running and quickly saw off the threat of Yes Tom when the local horse joined the leader five from home, while Foildubh failed to fire.

Winning trainer Gordon Elliott was delighted afterwards. He said: "He's a great horse, a real star. He's in the Aintree and Irish Grand National but won't run unless it's soft - it was fast enough for him today."

Pre-Hunterchase favourite, Mtada Supreme, and Illusion Of Time had a duel at the front of the field and just as Illusion Of Time had hit the front at the penultimate fence, he unseated his rider, apparently leaving the race at the mercy of Mtada Supreme.

Amateur rider PJ O'Neill, however, spoiled the party aboard Flynsini with a sustained late run.

Claiming rider Donagh Meyler recorded his second career success in the opening maiden hurdle on Delvin Road. Round Tower had attempted to make all the running but the young rider gradually made progress until leading at the elbow into the straight before coasting home.

Winning trainer Tony Martin said: "The young lad was excellent on him as he's not straightforward.

"He's been unlucky to date but should enjoy the summer ground - I'm not sure where next as yet."

The Martinstown Hurdle produced a battling finish and a stewards' enquiry after Colm's Dream and Ancient Highway passed the post separated by a neck.

Meyler had to settle for second this time after the former, with Niall Kelly on board, was declared the winner.

Winning trainer Karl Thornton said: "He had a nice weight. He was never going last time. He'll stay hurdling until end of the season."

Top rider Barry Geraghty, who was in the Cheltenham winners' enclosure last week, was again on the mark when Railway Zira proved the easy winner of the long distance maiden hurdle.

Carberry, meanwhile, deserved to win the beginners chase after surviving two blunders - at four from home and the penultimate fence - however, Mark Bolger got a lovely late challenge out of Annie Oakley to claim the spoils.

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