Sport Horse Racing

Friday 15 December 2017

Meade looks to the County Hurdle for Il Fenomeno

Ashley Iveson

NOEL Meade has nominated the County Hurdle as a possible target for Il Fenomeno following an encouraging run in defeat at Leopardstown over the weekend.

The seven-year-old ran with credit at the highest level in novice company last season but failed to make an impression on his first two outings of the current campaign.

However, fitted with blinkers for the first time, Il Fenomeno ran far better to finish fifth in Saturday's ultra-competitive Hurdle and Meade feels the result may have been even better had he been ridden more patiently by Paul Carberry.

"He would probably have run better if he'd been held up, but we'll forget about it now and move on," said Meade.

"He'll go for another one of those handicaps. He's in the race in Newbury (Betfair Hurdle, February 9) but I don't think he'll go there as it might just come a bit too soon.

"He could possibly run in the County Hurdle, but we'll see."

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