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Davy Russell

Roi Du Mee enjoyed a facile success when jumping was the name of the game in the John Meagher Memorial Chase at Thurles.

The seven-year-old's task was made easier when his two main rivals in the five-runner field, Ordinary Man and Bostons Angel, fell at the fourth-last and third-last respectively.

Roi Du Mee hardly put a foot wrong as he tracked the pace-setting Quarryvale until Davy Russell, who enjoyed a treble on the day, asked Gordon Elliott's charge to go on before the fourth fence from the finish.

While there was carnage behind, the 9-10 favourite pulled clear to win by 11 lengths from Quarryvale. Ballinahow Lady was well behind but got round in one piece to claim third prize.

"He's a great little horse. He's not the biggest but if we had a couple more like him it would be great," said Elliott.

"We'll keep him away from the Grade Ones and Twos. He'll keep to those small races and he should pay his way."

Russell had earlier struck gold when Tillahow made a successful start to life over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Thurles.

A Grade 3 winner over hurdles as a juvenile, Mouse Morris' charge struggled in handicaps after winning at Limerick last December and had slipped up on the home bend on his seasonal bow at Gowran last month. However, the switch in codes brought a change in fortune and he battled bravely after the last to beat Lord Lir by half a length at odds of 12-1.

Morris said: "You can't complain about that - winning first time over fences. He probably wants a trip. He seems a different horse this season after a summer at grass. He seems to be more forward now. It's always awkward when a horse wins first time over fences planning where to go next and we've no plans at the moment."

Russell's hat-trick was complete when winning the Cashel (Colts & Geldings) Maiden Hurdle on the Arthur Moore-trained Home Farm (7-1).

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