Friday 21 October 2016

Smashing effort as Road To Riches derailed at Navan

Published 02/04/2016 | 19:01

Smashing is too good for Road To Riches at Navan
Smashing is too good for Road To Riches at Navan

Smashing gave a brave front-running display to deny Road To Riches in the Webster Cup Chase at Navan.

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Henry de Bromhead's grey was making amends for a poor run in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham where he was pulled up after finding the ground too quick.

He won his previous three starts in the style of a progressive chaser and he got back on track running on his favoured soft ground.

Road To Riches had finished third in the Ryanair and was sent off the 4-5 favourite to go two places better.

Hard though he tried, he could not overtake Smashing (9-4) who kept on pulling out more for Johnny Burke to get the verdict by half a length.

Foxrock looked well beaten at the final fence but ran on to get close to the two principals at the line.

Burke said: "He's so effective on that ground. At Cheltenham he ran a great race to the top of the hill but the ground took it's toll from there.

"He was good and tough and stuck his head down.

"Three miles would not be a bother on him. He's a joy to ride for any jockey as he travels and jumps.

"The ground is obviously a massive factor but if it keeps raining there could be something else for him.

"Either way, he's a lovely horse to look forward to for next season."

Meade said of the runner-up: "I'm happy enough with him, and he'll go for the Punchestown Gold Cup now.

"When the rain came I was getting a bit edgy but he's run a good race, as he always does."

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