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Native cruises back to top form

NOEL Meade's high-class hurdler Go Native (5/4 favourite) continued his recuperation with an effortless victory in the www.swordsecurity.com (Q.R.) Race at Galway.

The nine-year-old can list a Supreme Novices' Hurdle, a Fighting Fifth and a Christmas Hurdle on his roll of honour but he missed over two years before returning to action at Navan earlier this month.


He showed there his engine was still intact but got tired close home and finished third, however, there was never any dangers for Nina Carberry this time.

Travelling wide throughout, she cruised into the lead and despite opposition of the quality of Forpadydeplasterer and Staying Article, Go Native sprinted clear to beat Cry For The Moon by six and a half lengths.

Carberry said: "Everyone was worried about him overcoming the bounce factor, but you couldn't ask for any better.

"Hopefully he'll keep improving now. I wanted to look after him. That's why I had him outside.

"Once I had hit the better ground coming up the hill he went quickly clear and it was like a piece of work for him."

Meade's Monksland is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal on Friday.

The point-to-point graduate was a hugely impressive winner of a Down Royal bumper last November and he kept his unbeaten record intact on his first couple of starts over timber.


He finished off his novice campaign with a distant third in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and his trainer hopes to learn more about which direction his charge should take by running him this week.

He said: "Monksland will probably go for the WKD Hurdle in Down Royal. We were going to go straight over fences with him, but we've decided to run him in Down Royal and then we'll see which way we'll go."

Monksland is one of 10 entries in the Grade Two along with Dot Love's Shadow Eile and Miley Shah.