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Meade eyeing Gold for Dubh

Noel Meade is prepared to step three-time Grade One winner Realt Dubh up to three miles for the tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday, he told the Herald this morning.

The leading trainer, who is readying for a strong assault over the five days of the Punchestown Festival next week, has a number of notable entries, but he unfortunately revealed that his former Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Go Native won't be running in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle.

Looking ahead to the week, Meade said: "I suppose whichever race I run him in, Realt Dubh is the horse I am looking forward to most.

"At the moment, my preference would be to run him in the Gold Cup on the second day," revealed Meade.

"I don't know if he will stay the trip or not, but he has won over two and a half miles and it will tell us where we are going after that."

Meade was set to give Go Native a return to competitive action. However, he said the nine-year-old "just won't be ready in time".

Meade is hopeful of a bold showing from Fickle Fortune in Wednesday's betchronicle.com Champion Bumper and will assess how Dylan Ross came out of his work today before deciding whether he'll run in the Grade One Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle on Tuesday.