Meade pulls ‘flat’ Road To Riches out of Galway
Road To Riches will not bid to salvage something from this year’s Galway Festival in the At The Races Chase on Sunday after Noel Meade revealed his Grade One winner to be “a little bit flat”.
Meade’s nine-year-old was a brilliant winner of the Galway Plate in 2014 and was a hot favourite to regain his crown in the Ballybrit feature on Wednesday.
But after having made an early mistake, Road To Riches folded tamely from three out and was pulled up – after which it transpired he had been struck into and also lost a shoe.
He had been thought to be none the worse and connections were keen for him to regain his confidence before he is given some time off.
However, Meade said on Saturday afternoon: “We schooled him this morning and we just thought he was a little bit flat. There was nothing wrong with him, but we felt that this race just came a little bit too quick and it was not in his best interests to go for it.
“It looked a good opportunity, but we were aware it was a bit close to the other race and we don’t want to take a chance with him.
“Things just didn’t go to plan in the Plate. He went a bit fast early and we used him up too much in the early part of the race. When he made his mistake that was his chance gone.
“The plan was to give him some time off after Galway. He might go for the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November. He will possibly have a run before that just to try give him a bit more confidence and help his jumping.”
Plate runner-up Alelchi Inois takes his chance again for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott saddled fifth-placed Clarcam.
First Lieutenant also lines up, having finished mid-division in the Plate, but he would appear to have a tough task on recent form.