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Colm Murphy's Quito De La Roque still on course to defend Down Royal Champion Chase crown

Updated: Monday, 29 Oct 2012 16:00

Quito De La Roque got the better of Sizing Europe in a tight finish to last year's Down Royal feature
Quito De La Roque got the better of Sizing Europe in a tight finish to last year's Down Royal feature

Last year's winner Quito De La Roque remains on course to defend his title in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday.

Colm Murphy's eight-year-old has not been seen since finishing third to the ill-fated Synchronised in the Lexus Chase in December.

Owner's Gigginstown House Stud are well represented with First Lieutenant, who is also entered at Wetherby, Magnanimity and Roi Du Mee all among the 12 remaining entries.

Sizing Europe remains a possible for Henry de Bromhead. He looked all over the winner last year before being headed close home.

Colin Tizzard's Cannington Brook and Paul Nicholls' Kauto Stone, a winner on the card last year, are the British entries.

Joncol, Follow The Plan, Bob Lingo, Realt Dubh and Chicago Grey are also still engaged. 

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