0 Have your say Noel Meade will aim Road To Respect firmly at the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his victory in the Leopardstown Christmas Chase – where current staying king Sizing John “was never going” and finished distressed.The winner, ridden by Sean Flanagan, powered up the run-in to back up his other Grade One success in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse in April, leading a one-two-three for owners Gigginstown House Stud.The 16-1 shot – who was also victorious in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in March – was chased home by Henry de Bromhead’s Balko Des Flos (66-1) and the Gordon Elliott-trained Outlander (8-1).Gigginstown were also responsible for the fifth and sixth, in Alpha Des Obeaux and Valseur Lido, but the Jessica Harrington-trained Sizing John was only seventh, with Willie Mullins’ Yorkhill one place behind him.Paddy Power slashed Road To Respect to 8-1 from 20-1 for the Gold Cup, with King George winner Might Bite the 4-1 favourite from 11-2 and Sizing John out to 8-1 from 4-1. RaceBets and Betfair cut Road To Respect to 10-1 for the blue riband prize.Meade said: “Everything went according to plan. The hood obviously… Read full this story
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