Road to Respect wins the Brown Advisory Plate in isolation with Baron Alco staying on for second.
Road to Respect gives Noel Meade his first success in a Cheltenham Festival Chase by winning the Brown Advisory Plate.
That meant the strong day for the Irish continued at the Festival on St. Patrick's Day continued, after Willie Mullins' three wins in the first four races earlier. Pat Kelly also secured the win in the Pertemps with Presenting Percy.
This latest win for the Irish came as the Gigginstown House Stud-owned six year-old, a pre-race 16/1 shot, easily made it up the hill and pushed on for the win by six lengths.
The Gary Moore-owned Baron Alco kept up the with pace throughout and styed on admirably to pick up second, having been 10-1 pre-race. Pre-race favourite Diamond King could not get anything going int he early stages and was eventually pulled up after being affected by a faller.
Bouvreuil, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies finished back in third, while Thomas Crapper secured a place in fourth for Robin Dickin.
Wiing jockey Bryan Cooper said after the race:
"He didn’t jump the first great, but after that I gave him a bit of room to get his confidence. It was a messy race but he bolted up.
“Noel is a great person to ride for. I had a lot of luck for him early in my job. I’ve struggled to ride a winner for him the last couple of years, but he does a great job.
“It’s great to get another one on the board.”