It might have attracted just five runners but last Saturday’s Red Mills Chase was easily the race of the week in Ireland and it was dominated by two horses who will shortly head to Cheltenham with every chance of recording a coveted success on jump racing’s greatest stage.

While Coney Island’s Gold Cup claims were dealt a major blow at Ascot later in the afternoon, the Jessica Harrington-trained Our Duke certainly advanced his prospects with a fine victory. The very tacky ground at Gowran wouldn’t have been ideal and he also had to concede seven pounds to Presenting Percy while the two and a half miles trip was also short of his best which all points to the merit of this performance.