Road To Riches set for historic Galway Plate bid

Road To Riches is on course to be the highest-rated horse to ever run in Galway Plate on Wednesday week.

Road To Riches set for historic Galway Plate bid

Noel Meade’s stable star won the race two years ago and has gone on to prove himself as one of the best staying chasers in training.

Meade said: “Road To Riches is in great form and his preparation has gone well.

“He had a good break after Punchestown and doesn’t appear to have had any lasting effects from that bad fall.

“He has since schooled well and we are really looking forward to Galway.”

Road To Riches is one of 10 representatives for owners Gigginstown House Stud out of a total list of 40 possibles.

Gordon Elliott, who has yet to win the race, has 12 of those, with Clarcam nearest to Road To Riches in the weights on 11st.

Last year’s winner Shanahan’s Turn is one of five from Henry de Bromhead’s yard, along with Sadler’s Risk and Sizing Platinum.

Willie Mullins has surprisingly only won the Plate once also and could run Alelchi Inois, Devils Bride or Ballycasey.

Entries from Britain include Junction Fourteen and Cerrunnos whose fall on Saturday at Market Rasen led to Barry Geraghty breaking his arm.

Dan Skelton’s Cheltenham Festival winner Superb Story is towards the head of the weights for the Guinness Galway Hurdle, which are headed by Mullins’ Bamako Moriviere.

Paul Nicholls has entered Moabit while Peter Bowen has Curious Carlos engaged.

Mullins has classy types like Clondaw Warrior, Thomas Hobson and Max Dynamite still in the mix.

Tony Martin’s Quick Jack and Shay Barry’s Bentelimar are others due to carry plenty of lead.

Popular performers like Hidden Cyclone and Ted Veale will have supporters with Joseph O’Brien’s Plinth and Tigris River two possibles for JP McManus.

Paddy Power bet: Galway Plate:

7 Shanpallas, 8 Alelchi Inois, Road To Riches, 12 Sadlers Risk, Clarcam, Three Kingdoms, 14 Carriganog, Devils Bride, Hidden Cyclone, Junction Fourteen, Shantou Flyer, 16 Shanahans Turn, The Tullow Tank, The King Of Brega, 20 bar

Galway Hurdle:

7-2 Superb Story, 5 Max Dynamite, 8 Clondaw Warrior, Bamako Moriviere, 9 Silver Concorde, 10 Desoto County, 12 Quick Jack, Thomas Edison, 14 Modem, Time For Mabel, 16 Tigris River, Ancient Sands, Moabit, Plinth, Rock The World, 20 bar

Meanwhile Adrian Keatley has identified the Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary as a likely comeback target for his Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Jet Setting.

Bought for just 12,000 guineas out of Richard Hannon’s stable last autumn, the three-year-old claimed a shock victory over the brilliant Minding at the Curragh in May and went under the hammer for a cool £1.3million on the eve of Royal Ascot.

She made her debut in the colours of the China Horse Club just four days later in the Coronation Stakes, but finished a disappointing ninth and was subsequently found to be under the weather.

Keatley has since given his stable star a break and she is now being prepared for an appearance at Tipperary on August 25 before a likely return to Group One level in Leopardstown’s Matron Stakes just over two weeks later.

“She is in good form and is back in full work again now,” said the trainer.

“Everything is looking positive and the plan is to give her a run in a Group Three at Tipperary for fillies’ only, the Fairy Bridge Stakes.

“That will be a nice race for her and will hopefully leave her spot-on for the Matron.”

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