Wednesday 22 November 2017

Video: Noel Meade sweet on Very Wood's chances of following up Cheltenham success at Punchestown

Noel Meade is confident that his Cheltenham festival winner Very Wood can follow up his March success at Punchestown next week before embarking on an exciting chasing career.

The gelding showed all his staying power when running down Oliver Sherwood's Deputy Dan at the Cotswolds to land the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle.

He is being aimed at the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle next week and Meade is happy with his preparations.

"We had a bit of a scare with him over there when he had a bit of a bruise on his foot the day before, an abscess. He got over that and won well," he told Irish Horse TV.

"At the moment we're very happy with him

"He's proven that he stays very well and that looks to be the real thing with him. The further he goes the better.

"He's looked like that all season to be fair."

Meade believes that the best of Very Wood could be seen next season when he switches to the larger obstacles.

"I think he'll be much better over fences to be honest with you, he has great scope to jump and he jumps fences better than he jumps hurdles in fact.

"He's a horse that if he develops and puts it together he could go right to the top."

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