18 April 2017

Noel Meade’s ROAD TO RESPECT (IRE) continued his upward curve when taking the feature Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse On Sunday. The Gigginstown Stud representative won his sole point-to-point and a maiden hurdle for Eoin Griffin but has been a different entity over fences, winning his first and been placed twice at Graded level, while he took a Grade 3 contest at the Cheltenham Festival on his last start. Ridden by Bryan Cooper, he led until a keen Yorkhill (IRE) took over at the fourth fence, coming under pressure to challenge two from home and regained the lead after the favourite made a mistake at the last. All out to the line, he rallied to deny the recovering Yorkhill (IRE) by a neck, the pair finishing five lengths in front of Ball D’Arc in third.

By Gamut (IRE), who stands at a fee of €3,000 at Rosshill Farm in County Galway, ROAD TO RESPECT (IRE) was bred by Ivy Rothwell, who bought his dam for just €400 at Goresbridge. She comes from the family of dual Listed chase winner Sullane River (IRE) and three-time Grade 1 winner Davenport Milenium (IRE).

Earlier on the card, the Yeats (IRE) mare AUGUSTA KATE bounced back to form in the Grade 1 EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final for Willie Mullins and the Masters Syndicate. A winner of two Listed bumpers in her first season, she won her maiden hurdle on her seasonal return in November, before falling and finishing mid-division in Grade 1’s on her next two starts. Held up by David Mullins, she began to make good headway after the third last, moving into second approaching the final hurdle and stayed on well on the run-in to head stablemate and favourite Let’s Dance in the closing stages. The winning margin was half a length, with a further six and a half lengths back to Barra in third. AUGUSTA KATE is one of two Grade 1 winners by Castle Hyde Stud sire Yeats (IRE), with Capivari having beaten Footpad to take the Prix Renaude du Vivier in November. The four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner stands at a fee of €6,500 this season.

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