Sunday 18 February 2018

Road To Riches on course for historic Galway Plate bid

Road To Riches on his way to winning the 2014 Galway Plate
Road To Riches on his way to winning the 2014 Galway Plate

Road To Riches is on course to be the highest rated horse to ever run in Galway Plate on Wednesday week.

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

Meade said: "Road To Riches is in great form and his preparation has gone well. 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 Stud 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 surprisingly only won the Plate once and could run Alelchi Inois, Devils Bride and Ballycasey.

Entries from Britain 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 lead.

Popular performers like Hidden Cyclone and Ted Veale will have supporters, with Joseph O'Brien's Plinth and Tigris River two possibles for JP McManus.

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