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WATCH: Our Duke back on track after impressive win in Gowran

Laois horse Our Duke has seen its odds cut for the Cheltenham Gold Cup following an impressive win in Gowran Park this afternoon.

The Jessica Harrington-trained horse, owned by the Cooper Family Syndicate from Coolrain, is now into 10/1 – from 16/1 – after winning the 2pm Red Mills Chase at the Kilkenny track.

Last year’s Irish Grand National winner had failed to win on either of its two outings since – in Down Royal in November and in Leopardstown two weeks ago.

Jockey Robbie Power said on that occasion that Our Duke was “very ring rusty” after the operation following its Down Royal appearance – but is now back in the winner’s enclosure after seeing off the evens favourite Presenting Percy to win at a price of 5/2.

Our Duke led for most of the 2m4 chase but jumped the fourth last fence badly, no doubt driving the blood pressure of its well-supported connections through the roof.

Today’s outing is likely to be its last before Cheltenham when it is likely to be up against another horse with strong Laois connections.

Total Recall, owned by the Slaneyville Syndicate of which Portlaoise priest Monsignor John Byrne is a member along with his brothers and sisters, is currently priced at 16/1 following recent wins in Newbury and Leopardstown.

This year’s Gold Cup is said to be one of the most open in years – with Might Bit at 7/2, Sizing John at 6/1 and Native River at 6/1.

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