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Roi du Mee on course to be best of three at Down Royal

By Ron McKnight

This afternoon's Down Royal feature race, designed as a National trial over three and quarter miles, has attracted just three runners. However it provides Aintree Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott with an opportunity to complete a hat trick with Roi Du Mee.

The latter has won from his last two starts, including beating Foildubh at Fairyhouse last month. The pair are closely matched today but Roi Du Mee is already the winner of the Down Royal Festival feature chase in 2013 and, entered in the Grand National, can again carry the Ryanair colours of owner Michael O'Leary to success again today.

It will be a case of catch me if you can as Elliott's little horse likes to dictate the running and, even if headed as last time, has show he can rally to claim the spoils. The Stuart Crawford-trained Yes Tom, winner of the feature last year with Barry Geraghty booked, completes the line-up for the £17,000 prize with the Larne trainer saying: "He'll be aimed at the Irish or Scottish Grand National. He won this race last year and the better ground should suit him at the Maze."

Stuart Crawford could also saddle the first winner of the day, Baby Bach, in the opening maiden hurdle while Mtada Supreme, winner of the Hunterchase on the card last year, has the strongest claims to gain a repeat victory.

Top jump jockeys ride in action at Down Royal this afternoon include Barry Geraghty, Paul Carberry, Bryan Cooper and Andrew McNamara.

SELECTIONS: 2.25 Baby Bach; 3.00 TB Broke Her; 3.35 Portrait King; 4.10 Zigger Zagger; 4.45 Roi Du Mee; 5.20 Mtada Supreme; 5.50 Jack Slade

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