Sunday 22 September 2019

Our Duke disappoints

Harrington: "Our Duke is sound, but he scoped wrong." Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Trainer Jessica Harrington is still bemused by Our Duke's lethargic display in the Champion Chase at Down Royal, even allowing for the fact he scoped badly at the race.

The Irish Grand National hero could never get competitive on his seasonal debut and trailed in last of the seven finishers behind Outlander in the Grade One contest over three miles.

Harrington said: "Our Duke is sound, but he scoped wrong. He has done it once before. They took some bloods from him and we'll take it from there. I just don't know and I'm scratching my head. He was gone after the first fence."

Elsewhere, connections of Cue Card will let the dust settle before deciding on the next step for the 11-year-old after he fell for the second time in his last three starts at Wetherby.

Trainer Colin Tizzard and his team will try to fathom why the seasoned chaser took a tumble at the fifth fence from home when appearing to be travelling well in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase won by Bristol De Mai.

Jockey Paddy Brennan's immediate reaction was that the low sun was to blame for the exit of Cue Card, which fell at the third-last in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March for the second successive season.

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