Friday 19 January 2018

Meade waits on Go Native test as he considers Newcastle run

Thomas Kelly

NOEL Meade is debating whether to send Go Native to Newcastle for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on Saturday week to make amends for his final-flight fall at Punchestown.

The Co Meath trainer reports the nine-year-old to be none the worse for his tumble in the Morgiana Hurdle, in which he was putting in a strong challenge to Hurricane Fly, but is still likely to have him checked out.

It was Go Native's first run over jumps since the Champion Hurdle in March 2010, though he did have two runs on the Flat last month.

"We'll probably run him at Christmas, but we won't rule anything out just yet," Meade said. "but we might just get the physio in to have a look and make sure and check him out.

"If he was okay I wouldn't rule out Newcastle. I'm not saying he will go there, we'll just leave the door open for the moment."

Meanwhile, Hurricane Fly is likely to make his next appearance in the Istabraq Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29.

Willie Mullins' eight-year-old ended up beating Captain Cee Bee by 12 lengths after Go Native's fall.

"I was more than happy with the run and he seems absolutely fine today," said Mullins. "I'd say he will probably go to Leopardstown after Christmas."

Mullins – whose horses are clearly in good heart – should be among the winners again today, provided Wexford passes a morning inspection.

Mullins sends out Reine Angevine in the mares novice hurdle and this four-year-old – Ruby Walsh's sole mount on the card – gets the nap vote to see off Thynetocatcher. The Closutton handler is also fancied to land the bumper with Suntiep, a debutant hailing from the family of Pomme Tiepy.

Irish Independent

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