Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Gigginstown up for the Cup

Sir Des Champs

Gigginstown House Stud are planning a powerful three-horse assault on the Bet Online With The Tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup at the County Kildare track on April 24.

The Willie Mullins-trained Sir Des Champs, runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, heads the trio, with Aintree's Betfred Bowl winner First Lieutenant from Mouse Morris's stable and Colm Murphy's dual Grade One scorer Quito De La Roque completing the strong team.

Gigginstown's racing manager Eddie O'Leary said: "All going well, the plan is for Sir Des Champs to run in the Punchestown Gold Cup. We were second at Cheltenham and you can't change the result but we'll hope for a good show at Punchestown."

He added: "There's a good chance that First Lieutenant will run as well. It's been all good so far with him after Aintree and the horse will line up as long as he tells us he wants to run.

"Quito De La Roque is likely to go for the race as well. We were happy enough with him at Aintree - he ran a very good race at his level and probably just wasn't quite good enough there."

Gigginstown House Stud, owned by O'Leary's brother Michael, are bidding for a first Irish owners' championship this season and are currently around 200,000 euro ahead of JP McManus in the title race.

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