Down Royal Festival: Road To Riches to defend Champion Chase title

Road To Riches won last year's feature race at Down Royal
Road To Riches won last year's feature race at Down Royal

Road To Riches will defend his Champion Chase title at next month's Down Royal Festival of Racing as a first step towards a bid for Cheltenham Cup glory.

The horse was third behind Coneygree in the Gold Cup in March and trainer Noel Meade feels the Down Royal feature on 31 October is an ideal way to prepare.

Meade has not ruled out a warm-up at Punchestown on 31 October.

Paul Carberry steered Road To Riches to victory in the £100,000 Grade One last year but currently has a broken leg.

Meade has therefore been handing more opportunities to rising star Ger Fox, who won the Kerry National on Rogue Angel.

The two-day Down Royal Festival opens on 30 October.