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Apache Stronghold goes for Drinmore
25 Nov 2014 14:02
Noel Meade reports Apache Stronghold ready to step up in grade over fences in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
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The six-year-old had a restricted last season over hurdles due to injury but made a highly promising debut over the larger obstacles at Down Royal late last month.
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The County Meath trainer told At The Races."He's been to Navan and jumped a full round of the track with a couple of others and that seemed to go very well. We're very happy with him.
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"It's all systems go and onwards and upwards, we hope.
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"The way it is in those winners' races, whether it's Grade Three or Grade One, it's nearly the same horses you're running into anyway.
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"The next step is going to be up, one way or the other.
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"He jumped well (at Down Royal) but no never know until you put pressure on in these races as it's a hot year for novice chasers."
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Apache Stronghold was among 17 horses left in the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One contest at the confirmation stage.
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Willie Mullins has four possibles in Alelchi Inois, Perfect Gentleman, Valseur Lido and Un Atout, who has been off the track since winning the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in April 2013.
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The Tullow Tank made a winning debut over fences on this track three weeks ago, and is an interesting contender for Kildare trainer Sandra Hughes.
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Mouse Morris is triple-handed with Band Of Blood, Real Steel and Allied Victory.
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Completing a strong line-up are Aerlite Supreme, Azorian, Blacklough, Cause Of Causes, Empire Of Dirt, Followmeuptocarlow, Sadler's Risk and Le Vent D'Antan.
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