Noel Meade reports Road To Respect firmly on course for the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday.
The Leopardstown Christmas Chase hero was far from disgraced in finishing fourth in last month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup and the form has been boosted since with the runner-up, Might Bite, winning at Aintree and the third home, Anibale Fly, placing in the Grand National under a big weight.
Road To Respect has been kept fresh since Cheltenham to round off his season on home soil and hopes are high he can sign off on a winning note.
Meade told At The Races: “He’s great. We’ve had a great run with him since Cheltenham.
“He’s not a horse that takes a lot of work. He just has one piece of work to do before he runs and so far everything has gone very much to plan.
“We decided after Cheltenham that we were going to skip Liverpool (Aintree), so that worked out well enough.
“He had an easy enough time for a while and we’re just building him back up now.”
One Meade inmate who will not be in action next week is the high-class grey Disko.
The seven-year-old, who has not been seen in competitive action since making a successful start to the campaign at Down Royal in November, also held a Punchestown Gold Cup entry, but has suffered yet another setback and connections have drawn stumps for the season.
Meade added: “It was going to be close anyway, whether he was going to get there (Punchestown) or not, and things just haven’t worked out.
“He’s tweaked a muscle behind and that’s it now – we’ll have to leave him until next season.
“Even though he hasn’t done much this season, he seems to have matured an awful lot and is very strong and big.
“He might be an even better horse in time.”