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Mee takes Tramore triumph

Roi Du Mee repeated his victory of two years ago in the At The Races Chase at Tramore.

The finish was fought out by the last two winners of the race as Marito, placed in Grade One company for Willie Mullins and now with Colin McBratney, gave him most to do but had to give best in the straight.

Marito had won a point-to-point on his comeback from injury and was sent off favourite to repeat his win of 12 months ago yet the heavy rain made the ground a real test.

Roi Du Mee, ridden by Kevin Sexton, raced in a handy position and the 5-1 chance always looked under control.

The pair had it to themselves from some way out as they left Aupcharlie and Rathlin behind with half a mile to run but Roi Du Mee, who has raced against the likes of Don Cossack and Champagne Fever this season, found the drop in class to his liking and won by eight lengths.

Willie Mullins' Turban fell, as did Rathlin at the last.

Joey Elliott, brother of winning trainer, Gordon, said: "He loves being out in front and he loves that soft ground.

"He is limited as to what he can go for, but Gordon will decide.

"He might go for another Listed chase somewhere. He is paying his way and he enjoyed getting his own way in front."

While Mullins and Ruby Walsh were out of luck with Turban they took two earlier races.

Avant Tout (4-9 favourite) was hard at work from some way out in the David Flynn Building Contractors Maiden Hurdle but he was on top when Utmost Zeal fell at the last.

"It's heavy going out there. I can't say I was really confident as he was off the bridle from the top of the hill, but to be fair to him he kept going all the way and he stays really well," said Walsh.

The Tramore Supporters Club Handicap Hurdle went the way of Sambremont (8-15 favourite), a full brother to Djakadam.

"I was disappointed with his run the first day so I'm delighted that he pulled out with a victory today," said Mullins.

"He is more of a chaser than a hurdler but he will probably stay novice hurdling this year. We will up him in trip as well. I think he will probably be better when the ground gets better."

Trainer James Daniel Dullea recorded the first double of his career as Just Get Cracking (6-1) and West Of The Edge (2-1 favourite) obliged.

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