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Meade weighs up Fortria for Realt

NOEL Meade is giving "strong consideration" to running Realt Dubh in Sunday's Irish Form Book Fortria Chase at Navan.

The eight-year-old looked likely to be involved in the finish of the Champion Chase at Down Royal last week before he collided in mid-air with First Lieutenant at the second-last fence.

While Meade has reservations about whether he would have stayed the three-mile trip, he is not too concerned about the drop to the minimum distance.

"I haven't ruled it in and I haven't ruled it out," he said.

"I know it's very quick coming from Saturday to the following Sunday but it's a Grade Two race and we might have a shot at it.

"Flemenstar will be having his first run of the season but I know he'll be very hard to beat any other time, so first time might be the time to beat him.

"My horse came out of the race very well. I suppose the bump knocked the stuffing out of him. Having said that, both Paul (Carberry) and myself feel that he doesn't get three miles. His optimum trip is probably two-miles-two.

"We're certainly giving it strong consideration."

Menorah is to be a given a thorough check-up after a disappointing run in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday.

Last season's Grade One-winning chaser trailed home 34 lengths third behind Cue Card, a performance that left connections puzzled.

"He was very lethargic throughout the race and we've no idea why. We are going to examine him," said trainer Philip Hobbs's wife, Sara.

"He was quiet today and he was never going in the race. Richard (Johnson) was never happy with him. There's something wrong. There's five weeks to the Peterborough Chase, so we've got plenty of time to work out what's wrong with him."


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