Meade happy with Road to Respect
NOEL MEADE reports Road To Respect to be in rude health ahead of his return to action in the JNwine.com 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.