When Roi Du Mee beat out Prince De Beauchene in the 2013 BobbyJo Chase his odds for the 2013 Grand National were slashed from 50/1 to as little as 20/1. Trained by Gordon Elliott, he was given the entry last year on the back of some great and consistent wins but surprisingly, he was scratched from the 2013 Grand National at the second stage on March 19th 2013.
Since then he has added a further eight chase starts to the 22 he had already notched up and so with 30 under his belt he goes into the 2014 Grand National as one of the most experienced horses.
At nine-years old, his season has been mixed with a win and two seconds against a fall and being pulled-up twice.
His last two runs were at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse in February, the first of which was the Hennessy Gold Cup Chase where he finished last from seven runners and that was followed up with a run in the BobbyJo Chase, won by On His Own, where he was pulled-up.
There are two issues with Roi Du Mee – firstly he’s been very heavily weighted and will carry 11-06 if he runs and the second is that he tends to perform better on heavier ground with only one 2nd place coming off ‘Good’ ground, despite six starts so maybe Aintree will be too quick for him.
At the five day declaration stage, Roi Du Mee was withdrawn from the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.