Friday 9 December 2016

'Riches' to make Plate history

Thomas Kelly

Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30

Road to Riches, before going on to win thetote.com Galway Plate. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile
Road to Riches, before going on to win thetote.com Galway Plate. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Former Galway Plate hero Road To Riches is on set to be the highest-rated horse to ever run in the Ballybrit showpiece tomorrow week.

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Noel Meade's stable star won the tote-sponsored feature two years ago and has gone on to prove himself as one of the best staying chasers in training.

"Road To Riches is in great form and his preparation has gone well," said Meade.

"He had a good break after Punchestown and doesn't appear to have had any lasting effects from that bad fall.

"He has since schooled well and we are really looking forward to Galway."

Road To Riches is one of 10 representatives for owners Gigginstown House out of a total list of 40 possibles.

Gordon Elliott, who has yet to win the race, has 12 of those, with Clarcam nearest to Road To Riches in the weights on 11st.

Last year's winner Shanahan's Turn is one of five from Henry de Bromhead's yard, along with Sadler's Risk and Sizing Platinum. Willie Mullins has only won the Plate once and could run Alelchi Inois, Devils Bride or Ballycasey.

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Entries from England include Junction Fourteen and Cerrunnos whose fall on Saturday at Market Rasen led to Barry Geraghty breaking his arm.

Dan Skelton's Cheltenham Festival winner Superb Story is towards the head of the weights for the Guinness Galway Hurdle, which are headed by Mullins' Bamako Moriviere.

Paul Nicholls has entered Moabit while Peter Bowen has Curious Carlos engaged.

Mullins has classy types like Clondaw Warrior, Thomas Hobson and Max Dynamite still in the mix.

Tony Martin's Quick Jack and Shay Barry's Bentelimar are others due to carry plenty of weight. Popular performers like 'Shark' Hanlon's Hidden Cyclone and the Martin-trained Ted Veale will have supporters with Joseph O'Brien's Plinth and Tigris River two possibles for JP McManus.

Meanwhile, the Queen's Dartmouth has been supplemented for Saturday's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at a cost of £75,000. Last year's winner Postponed heads a field of ten, in which Highland Reel represents Aidan O'Brien.

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