Bellshill (left) beats Road To Respect in the Irish Gold Cup
Image supplied by Tattersalls Ireland

Road To Respect, fourth last year, is on course for a return to the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.

Noel Meade’s charge fought out a terrific battle with Bellshill, just succumbing to a narrow defeat, in the Irish Gold Cup, at Leopardstown, a couple of weeks ago.

The trainer remains happy with his charge and is looking forward to another tilt at racing’s blue riband, stating:

“All is good. He came out of the race in good form and we’re happy with him,” said the Tu Va handler.

“That (Cheltenham Gold Cup) is the plan. He didn’t jump as well as he can the last day and we’re just putting it down to the fast ground.

“He didn’t seem to want to let himself down on it, but he still ran a good race and there’s obviously very little between him and the winner.

“We’ll just try to get him to Cheltenham in one piece and hope for a better round of jumping and see where it takes us.”