Road To Respect 
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Road To Respect scored an authoritative victory in the Grade One JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.

Six went to post for this three mile contest, with Gigginstown responsible for four of the field, even after Don Poli had been taken out.

At flag fall it was Woodland Opera who jumped off into the lead from Sub Lieutenant and Outlander, with Sandymount Duke next.

Woodland Opera continued to lead by about a length from Sub Lieutenant, then came Outlander, Balko Des Flos, Sandymount Duke and Road To Respect, last of the sextet.

There was little change in the order, as the field raced down the straight, with a circuit left to race.

Leaving the stands, Woodland Opera and Sub Lieutenant continued to lead, with Balko Des Flos taking closer order, followed by Outlander.

The field became bunched as they headed down the back, with Woodland Opera still setting the pace.

Sandymount Duke took a crashing fall as his stable mate Woodland Opera continued to lead, with Road To Respect quietly moving into second and looking a huge threat.

Three out it was Woodland Opera who led the easily travelling Road To Respect.

Sean Flanagan did not move a muscle, as Road To Respect cruised into a clear lead.

Heading to the last, he powered miles clear and jumped well, sauntering to a wide margin win from Woodland Opera, with Outlander third and Balko Des Flos next.

The Noel Meade trained Road To Respect placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season and looks a major player again here.