Road To Riches was prominent from the start with On His Own while Home Farm, the outsider of the party, fell at the first. There were no other dramas as the race unfolded on the second circuit, though last year’s winner Bobs Worth and Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere were held up and never got into contention. Sam Winner staked his claim when going into the lead after the fourth-last, but On His Own stuck to his guns, while Carlingford Lough also threatened as the field turned for home with all to play for. It was still anybody’s race at the final fence, but Road To Riches came out on top as he supplemented his victories in the Galway Plate and the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal. Meade said: “We’re thrilled. It really didn’t go to plan because we thought we’d be able to make it, but he was getting a bit of hassle from the other horse. I think around the last bend, he just didn’t get the run of it really, but it worked out well for him I suppose. “He’s a fair horse. We knew he was in great shape, and he’s just improved and improved all the time since Punchestown. He’s just got better and better every day. “He is exciting and the way he came home, you’d imagine it’s all systems go for Cheltenham, I presume. You’d say he’ll get the trip the way he stayed on there, he really stuck at it well. “We did the same with him that we did after Punchestown and left him off. It was never the plan to run at Gowran (in October) and he was a bit of work short (when beaten by Sizing Europe). We learned a lesson there. Bryan rode him work in Navan last week and was delighted with him. Connections of Noel Meade’s charge (4-1) had expressed concerns about the heavy ground, but the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding allayed those fears with a gutsy display. Bryan Cooper was hard at work some way from home aboard the winner, who had lost his pitch after racing prominently, but he showed plenty of determination as he got up on the run to the line to score by a length and a half from On His Own, with Sam Winner third. “I thought that was a good race today and thought it was every bit as good as the King George.” Cooper, completing a treble for Gigginstown including the day’s other Grade One on Lieutenant Colonel, said: “He was very good. Things didn’t go according to plan, but he showed today that he doesn’t have to be ridden from the front and he showed he stays. He answered all the questions today. “I knew I had plenty of horse left, but he doesn’t like to be crowded. I didn’t want to get into a battle with Sam Winner from the second-last as he’s an out-and-out stayer. Our lad has a touch of class and showed that today.” Paul Townend was handed a four-day suspension by the stewards for using his whip with excessive force on runner-up On His Own. Road To Riches was trimmed to 14-1 from 20-1 for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup by Paddy Power. Road To Riches emerged as a serious contender for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup when pouncing late to claim the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Press Association
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card SUNKIST LEAGUE BLOOMINGTON 64, JURUPA VALLEY 53: Junior Brandon Cohen scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Bruins (10-7, 2-1) defeated the host Jaguars. Keith Goins added 14 points in the win for Bloomington. CHRISTIAN LEAGUE LOMA LINDA ACADEMY 55, WESTERN CHRISTIAN 43: Senior guard David Machado scored 21 points as the Roadrunners (11-7, 2-2) defeated the Lancers (10-9, 1-2). Machado was 5-of-7 from the three point line in the win for Loma Linda Academy. ARROWHEAD CHRISTIAN 63, ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 52: Justus Jones turned in 14 points and seven rebounds, and Tyler Vanderzee added 12 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough to lift the Knights past Arrowhead Christian (14-4, 3-0). Ontario Christian (9-9, 2-1) will play Aquinas on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Deshey Taylor scored 25 points in the loss for Colton. Yucaipa 62, Fontana 45: Senior center Jared Anthony led the Thunderbirds with 22 points, while junior guard Adam Smith had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Yucaipa (9-9, 3-3) defeated the Steelers in Fontana. Godlock led Fontana with nine points. Sophomore Eric Ellis scored 20 points as the Miller boys basketball team beat Colton, 66-59, on Tuesday. Freshman Josh Segovia scored nine points in the win for Miller (11-9, 3-2 Citrus Belt League), which plays host to Redlands East Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday. MOJAVE RIVER LEAGUE SULTANA 73, RIM OF THE WORLD 36: Senior forward Eric Anderson had 20 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks and the host Sultans (11-6, 3-1) limited the Fighting Scots (2-15, 0-3) to one second-half field goal as they broke a 27-27 deadlock at the half, to win going away. Sultana will play host to Barstow at 6:30 p.m. Friday. METRO LEAGUE UPLAND CHRISTIAN 65, DESERT CHAPEL 57: J.G. Stevens scored a game-high 22, Andy Touche added 16 and Upland Christian (13-2, 2-0) used a fast start to remain undefeated in league with a wi nover Desert Chapel (7-4, 1-2). Upland Christian will play Friday at California Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. NONLEAGUE Victor Valley 86, Hesperia 80: Paul McCloney scored 25 points, and Gary Valverde added 21 as the Jackrabbits (11-9) outlasted the Scorpions. Ronnie Leon also turned in 19 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for Victory Valley, which will play at Granite Hills on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Roderick Hodges led Hesperia with 31 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!