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Ruby Walsh dismisses Road To Riches as 'too slow' for 2016 Ryanair Chase

  • Road To Riches set to to run in the 2016 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham
  • Ruby Walsh does not rate this leading contender's chances
Road To Riches (right) on the way to finishing third in the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup (credit: Cheltenhampro.com)

Road To Riches is set to replace Gold Cup hopeful Vautour as favourite for the Ryanair Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival – but Ruby Walsh has dismissed the nine-year-old as “too slow”.

Vautour had been odds-on in places for the two miles five furlongs Grade 1 event on day three of the Festival, but his owner Rich Ricci appears to have ruled him out of the race by saying the target was either “the Gold Cup or he will be staying at home”.

His absence from the Ryanair Chase would blow a huge hole in the market for that event and the bookmakers have consequently shortened up Road To Riches, who also has a Gold Cup entry.

Noel Meade’s gelding could switch to the shorter, less prestigious contest to spread the options for his owners Gigginstown House Stud, who have Don Cossack and Don Poli at shorter prices in the Gold Cup betting due to their more obvious credentials.

Road To Riches ran in the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup and chased winner Coneygree up the home straight only to be run out of second place close home by Djakadam.

Since then he has won over two-and-a-half miles at Clonmel and finished second to Carlingford Lough in the Irish Gold Cup. But Walsh, albeit never having ridden the horse, believes he would not have the speed for the Ryanair Chase.

The jockey said:
“I heard Road To Riches is going to run in the Ryanair Chase but I think he’s too slow. 
“I think the Ryanair Chase is probably the weakest race of the Festival and I would dearly love Vautour to run because then I wouldn’t have to choose between him and Djakadam in the Gold Cup. 
“I’d say there’s no chance he’ll run in it but I’ll keep dreaming. I can’t see it happening but I’ll keep at it. If he doesn’t, I would really fancy Smashing.”

Smashing is trained by Henry De Bromhead and unbeaten in three starts this season, while other leading contenders for the Ryanair Chase look like being Dan Skelton-trained veteran Al Ferof and the progressive Village Vic.


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Ruby Walsh dismisses Road To Riches as "too slow" for 2016 Ryanair Chase

Road To Riches is set to replace Gold Cup hopeful Vautour as favourite for the Ryanair Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival – but Ruby Walsh has dismissed the nine-year-old as “too slow”.

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