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Road To Respect in 'super form'

Tue 17th Dec 2019, 10:21

Road To Respect, blue cap
© Photo Healy Racing

Sean Flanagan reports Road To Respect to be in "super form" ahead of his next scheduled outing in the Grade One Savills Steeplechase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Noel Meade's charge was last seen winning the Grade One Ladbrokes Champion Steeplechase at Down Royal in November, for the second successive year.

The eight-year-old gelding was third in last season's Ryanair and fourth in the Gold Cup of 2018 and has four victories in his locker at the highest level.

Jockey Flanagan said: "He's a horse of anyone's career really. He was very impressive in the Ladbrokes chase at Down Royal.

"He actually impressed me a little bit more this year than he did last year in the Ladbrokes chase. I thought he stuck his head down and jumped a bit better and he settled a bit better. He was a bit more professional about his job this year compared to last year.

"He's obviously had a lot of racing last season on ground that was probably a bit fast for him and he got his ground in the north this year. It is looking a bit more like he is going to get his ground in Leopardstown if that is where he goes.

"He is a horse of a lifetime and he seems to be in super form. He has come out of the race in Down Royal really, really well and, if we go the Savills Chase and get a clear run, you would be hoping for a big run."

Road To Respect stumbled after the third last before finishing well for third behind Kemboy in last year's Savills Steeplechase.