National winner among the entries for Punchestown
While the expected battle between Don Cossack and Cue Card in tomorrow's €200,000 Gold Cup won't materialise as the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is ruled out due to injury, punters can still look forward to a great week of racing at the Punchestown Festival with Aintree Grand National hero Rule The World now among the confirmed entries.
It was initially thought that the nine-year-old would be retired after his incredible maiden win over fences.
However, owner Michael O'Leary and trainer Mouse Morris have decided to give the gelding an end-of-season run in this afternoon's Growise Champion Novice Chase.
He will face such rivals as Ballychorus, Sub Lieutenant and Shantou Flyer.
Although disappointed that Don Cossack suffered a set-back on Sunday morning, Gigginstown Stud will still be well represented in tomorrow's feature race by Road To Riches, who finished second in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Gold Cup third
Don Poli, who finished runner-up to Cue Card at Aintree, is also a possible starter.
"It's only a small leg (injury), but with tendon injuries it may as well be a big one," commented Gigginstown manager Eddie O'Leary of Don Cossack.