Sunday 30 April 2017

upping the ante

ONE of the negatives with having runners for Gigginstown is that you may have one view on the ideal race for your stable star, Michael and Eddie O'Leary another.

So it was that they quite justifiably chose to run Road To Riches in the Ryanair, sponsored of course by O'Leary, at Cheltenham last March. The problem with that plan was having to take on Vautour but he still ran a fine race in third, just behind Valseur Lido.

There would be no debate at Punchestown. The horse would go for the Gold Cup there late last season and he was still in the lead in with every chance when falling two out.

Noel Meade has been patient with the former Galway Plate winner this season. He was operated on for kissing spines between his Gowran second and a quiet run in the Lexus which can probably be safely ignored.

Don Poli is 3/1 favourite for the Stan James Irish Gold Cup on Sunday, Road To Riches is 16/1 and there is not much between them ability-wise. Meade has seemed very happy with the horse in recent weeks too.

BET: Road To Riches in Irish Gold Cup, 1pt e/w 16/1

Irish Independent

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