Timeform pick out their three best bets from Leopardstown on Friday…
“…can prove his superiority once more and prove himself a bona fide Gold Cup contender…”
Timeform on Road To Respect
Elite Charboniere – 12:10 Leopardstown
Elite Charboniere was bought for €155,000 after winning his second start in French bumpers and could be another above-average recruit for his excellent yard. Willie Mullins has won this race several times before and he’s selected to make a successful hurdling debut, likely at the main expense of Erratic Path and Charmed Life, who are a couple of likely dangers.
Borderline Chatho had plenty in hand when opening his account over hurdles last time and is very much the type to prove better in this sphere, so he’s taken to cause a mini upset against some with a higher level of proven form. Bacardys would take some stopping if he’s on the top of his game and Gun Digger has made a promising start to his chasing career.
For all we are missing Presenting Percy, this looks a cracking renewal, and Road To Respect is fancied to follow up his win in this race 12 months ago after looking better than ever on his return last month. He went one place better in the JNwine.com Champion Chase than has been the case last season, blowing his rivals away and looking something out of the ordinary as he sauntered clear to win by 16 lengths. Road To Respect can prove his superiority once more and prove himself a bona fide Gold Cup contender.
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