Saturday, 4 November 2017

Champion Chase: Robbie Power expecting Our Duke to emerge as Gold Cup contender

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Gold Cup winning jockey Robbie Power can confirm his place as a leading Gold Cup contender as he hopes to take Grade One glory in the Champion Chase (2:30).

The seven-year-old has won three from four over fences for Jessica Harrington, including a hard-fought top level win and a visually stunning fourteen length romp in the Irish Grand National.

He's currently an 8-1 chance for Cheltenham's blue riband event, but those odds could be shorter if he puts in a strong performance this afternoon.

"He has to make the step to prove that he's a genuine Gold Cup contender, starting here,” said jockey Robbie Power.

"There is a lot of water to pass under the bridge between now and next March. Hopefully Our Duke will make that progression."

"He's as fit as we could have him without having a run. He's been away for a racecourse gallop.

"Obviously Road To Respect has a massive advantage as he's had a run under his belt.

"Our horse is going there in great form and we couldn't be happier with him. He's had a great run since he's come back in and hasn't missed a beat.”

Gigginstown are represented by four runners in the race. Road To Respect was a Grade One winner for Henry De Bromhead last term before winning on his seasonal bow.

Alpha Des Obeaux, Outlander and Sub Lieutenant also run in the burgundy colours.

Zabana is joined by JP McManus duo More Of That and Carlingford Lough. 

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