:::The Going: The ground @Downroyal is good, good to firm in places (NH) & good to firm (Flat). Dry & warm forecast. ::: Posted 22nd Jun 2018

Racing Previews DOWN ROYAL Friday, Nov 4th


3 Nov 2017

DOWN ROYAL

Saturday, November 4

First Race: 12.45

 

The JNwine.com Champion Chase takes centre stage at Down Royal on Saturday with a field of eight facing the starter at 2.30pm. Road To Riches, winner of this Grade 1 contest for Navan trainer Noel Meade three years ago, is one of four Gigginstown House Stud-owned runners in the 3m contest. Henry de Bromhead, successful with Valseur Lido 12 months ago, runs their Sub Lieutenant while Gordon Elliott, victorious with subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack two years ago, runs outsider Outlander, this pair having finished first and second respectively at this meeting 12 months ago.

The Mouse Morris-trained Alpha Des Obeaux completes the Gigginstown quartet but the market is headed by last season’s Irish Grand National hero Our Duke from the Jessica Harrington stable, the mount of Robbie Power. The race also includes two JP McManus-owned runners including sole overseas challenger More Of That from the Jonjo O’Neill yard partnered by Barry Geraghty.

The supporting Grade 2 MycarNeedsA.com Chase (3.05) has also attracted a field of eight headed by Noel Meade’s Disko who lines up here instead of the big one. One of five Gigginstown runners declared, this strapping grey ended last season beating Anibale Fly in Grade 1 company at Punchestown last April and Tony Martin’s runner renews rivalry again along with the fourth home that day A Toi Phil, trained by the in-form Elliott, who bagged a treble at the Ulster track earlier.

In what looks a cracking card the €50,000 Billecart-Salmon Handicap Hurdle (1.55) looks a wide-open heat headed by the Karl Thornton-trained Wakea who won this race 12 months ago and ran here earlier in the day when fourth behind the classy Melon. 

The going at Down Royal is currently soft, yielding in places.


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