Meade happy with Road to Re­spect

The Racing Paper - - News -

NOEL MEADE re­ports Road To Re­spect to be in rude health ahead of his re­turn to ac­tion in the Cham­pion Chase at Down Royal to­day. The seven-year-old was nar­rowly beaten by fel­low Gigginstown House Stu­downed run­ner Out­lander in this Grade One con­test a year ago, be­fore en­joy­ing his day in the sun in the Leop­ard­stown Christ­mas Chase. Meade’s charge went on to fin­ish fourth in the Chel­tenham Gold Cup and third in the Punchestown Gold Cup, and the Tu Va han­dler is de­lighted with the horse ahead of his reap­pear­ance.

Meade said: “He’s in great form and ev­ery­thing has gone well. I couldn’t be hap­pier with him at the mo­ment.”

The Gigginstown team have claimed this prize in each of the last five years and ap­pear in­tent on adding to their tally, with Road To Re­spect and de­fend­ing cham­pion Out­lander among a five-strong as­sault for Michael O’Leary’s op­er­a­tion.

Out­lander’s trainer Gor­don El­liott also sad­dles Don Poli, while Henry de Brom­head runs last sea­son’s Ryanair Chase hero Balko Des Flos and the race-fit Sub Lieu­tenant, who has won on his two most re­cent out­ings.

“Balko Des Flos seems in good form,” said de Brom­head. “So does “Sub Lieu­tenant and we’re look­ing for­ward to run­ning him them both.”

The seven-strong field is com­pleted by Jes­sica Har­ring­ton’s Wood­land Opera and Sandy­mount Duke.

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