Meade Has Gigginstown Duo In Final 10 Horses For Irish Gold Cup

Written 2 years ago by Will O'Callaghan


Last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup third, Road To Riches, is one of ten horses going forward to the Irish Gold Cup, one of four Grade 1 races at Leopardstown next Saturday, February 6th. Owned by Westmeath’s Gigginstown House Stud, the Noel Meade-trained nine-year-old will be running for the first time since easily landing the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase in November.

Meade is also set to be represented by Wounded Warrior, another owned by Gigginstown House Stud, as he bids to win the €150,000 event for the first time.

Carlingford Lough gave Tony McCoy his final Leopardstown winner when taking the race 12 months ago and he is set to run for trainer John Kiely. The Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock was runner-up to Carlingford Lough last year and he too looks set to turn out again. Gilgamboa ran a huge race under top-weight in the valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas and he goes in search of his second Grade 1 success having landed the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse in April for trainer Enda Bolger.

Willie Mullins puts forward a team of three, headed by Sir Des Champs, who won this race three years ago. On His Own and Valseur Lido could also represent the Closutton trainer. Completing the field are the Mouse Morris-trained First Lieutenant and Steven Crawford’s Fine Rightly.

Ten horses go forward for the Grade 1 Gain Spring Juvenile Hurdle with Aidan O’Brien’s Ivanovich Gorbatov heading the list. O’Brien has also left in Best Kept Secret but his entries are outnumbered by Willie Mullins who has three in the race, headed by the runaway Gowran Park winner Footpad. Mullins has also put Allbak Des Places and Let’s Dance in the €85,000 race. Another notable entry is the Gavin Cromwell-trained Jer’s Girl.

The Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle has attracted nine entries with Willie Mullins responsible for five horses. Bellshill, a Grade 1 winner at Naas early last month, heads the Mullins quintet that also includes Thomas Hobson, a recent winner at Warwick and Yorkhill who is unbeaten in four starts for the champion trainer. The Gordon Elliott-trained Tombstone who was runner-up in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown at Christmas is another eye-catching entry as is Coney Island who landed a maiden hurdle at the venue for trainer Eddie Harty in December.

A field of 12 horses stand their ground for the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase including Roi Des Francs and Pont Alexandre who fought out a thrilling finish in a Grade 2 at Naas recently. Outlander is another notable entry from the Willie Mullins stable while the Mouse Morris-trained Rule The World, Tony Martin’s Blair Peronne and Zabana from the Andy Lynch yard also stand out.

Pat Keogh, Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse, said, “Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown is a very special day every year. We are delighted with the quality of entries and the four Grade 1 races look particularly strong with plenty of the top horses competing. It promises to be another memorable day at Leopardstown.