Down Royal: Road To Riches strolls to Champion victory
Road To Riches continued his rise through the ranks with an all the way success in the Grade 1 JNwine.com Champion Chase. Trained by Noel Meade, who is enjoying a great start to the season, Road To Riches was just touched off by the brilliant veteran Sizing Europe at Gowran last time but would not be denied here, eventually romping home to a comfortable success.
The Galway Plate winner is an out and out galloper and he proved that again today having been sent to the front by Paul Carberry from the off, would never see another rival. He did jump to his left at times but this made no difference, with the 7yo kicking on from the third last and rolling home an 11 length winner.
British raider Rocky Creek was the only one to get near the eventual winner, joining him four out. He would soon tired and found no more for Sam Twiston-Davies. Boston Bob was a long way back in third. First Lieutenant, who flopped badly in this race last year, again struggled and eventually finished fourth.
“He had it all his own way today,” Carberry told At The Races. “When I seen the boys after the fourth last sort of niggling I was happy enough. He’s very game and kept galloping to the line.”
Elsewhere on the card, Gigginstown enjoyed another big success with the impressive Don Cossack taking the Grade 2 Powers Whiskey Chase. The 7yo, the winner of the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase last season, had returned to action with victory in a Grade 3 at Punchestown, and he could be a big player in the Chasing division this season going by today’s performance.
Gordon Elliott’s charge benefited from an enterprising front running ride from Bryan Cooper and put in a superior round of jumping to land the three runner race. Despite it being a poor turn out, Don Cossack still had to get the better of the odds on favourite Wonderful Charm, who had came into this off the back of a reappearance victory at Newton Abbot.
Cooper made a move at the second last and quickly went clear. He put the race to bed at the final fence with a huge leap and extended on the run in to score by 8 1/2 lengths. Wonderful Charm stayed on for second, with Burn And Turn, the only other runner in the field, a long way back in third.
By Kevin Walsh 1/11/14
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