At The Races Bobbyjo Chase
Grade 2 Handicap, Fairyhouse 14:05
€42,500 added,
5yo plus,
3m 1f, Class 1  
Saturday 21st February 2015

1 Roi Du Mee 7/4
2 Foildubh 12/1
3 My Murphy 6/4F
5 ran Distances: ½l, 12l, 6l
TIME 7m 4.70s (slow by 60.70s)

A brave Roi De Mee claims the Bobbyjo Chase for Gordon Elliott and Bryan Cooper

Roi Du Mee
© Caroline Norris
Roi Du Mee

The 10-year-old was winning for the 12th time over fences and has earned a place in the hearts of punters all over Ireland.

Only five runners went to post, but it wasn't easy for 7-4 chance Roi Du Mee as four of them were still in with a chance at the second-last fence.

Grand National candidate Spring Heeled was nursed into contention by Davy Russell, but the biggest danger was Foildubh, who gave the front three five lengths for much of the race before creeping into contention in the hands of Paul Carberry.

He appeared to be travelling much the better going to the final obstacle, but Roi Du Mee kept on digging in for Bryan Cooper to win the Grade Two event by half a length, with favourite My Murphy finishing unplaced.

"He's a great little horse and never knows when he's beat. Bryan (Cooper) gave him a great ride," said Elliott

"He's in the cross country at Cheltenham and the English National. He's not getting any younger so we might give him a rattle at the National.

"He's won a Graded race for the last four or five years, every year, and I wish I had a few more like him."

Free Racing Tips

The At The Races Bobbyjo Steeplechase
€42,500 added, 5yo plus, 3m 1f, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy in places

Pos Dist Horse Jockey /Weight Trainer Age
1st Roi Du Mee (FR) 7/4 B J Cooper
G Elliott 10
2nd ½ Foildubh (IRE) 12/1 P Carberry
J P Ryan 11
3rd 12 My Murphy (IRE) 6/4f R M Power
W J Burke 9
4th 6 Spring Heeled (IRE) 7/2 D N Russell
J H Culloty 8
5th 81 Kennoway (IRE) 100/1 A E Lynch
Ms C O'Connell 9