Respect stars at Punchestown

Road To Respect and Sean Flanagan jump the last to win the Irish Daily Star Steeplechase

Road To Respect wore down the game front-runner Kilcarry Bridge to claim top honours in the Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown.

A quality field of seven runners went to post for the Grade Three feature, with Jonjo O'Neill's Minella Rocco the 7-4 favourite on his first start since finishing second in last season's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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However, with 25-1 shot Kilcarry Bridge setting a sound gallop under an enterprising ride from Danny Mullins, Minella Rocco did not always jump fluently and was on the back foot from an early stage.

Only Noel Meade's Cheltenham Festival and Ryanair Gold Cup winner Road To Respect and fellow Gigginstown House Stud-owned runner Sub Lieutenant were within striking distance of Kilcarry Bridge rounding the home turn, with Minella Rocco following them in.

Road To Respect, a 7-2 chance under Sean Flanagan, hit the front after the final fence and passed the post a length and a half clear.

Kilcarry Bridge was a clear second ahead of Sub Lieutenant in third and Minella Rocco in fourth.

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