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Competitive October Maiden the highlight at Navan on Wednesday

Updated: Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012 18:04

Noel Meade
Noel Meade

Go Native returns from a lengthy spell on the sidelines in the October Maiden at Navan.

Noel Meade's 2009 Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero has not been seen since injuring himself when favourite for the Champion Hurdle a year later.

Connections will be hoping he comes through his comeback unscathed, but this is a competitive heat and he takes on the likes of Benash, Jezki, Glam Gerry and Dancers Dilemma in a race that should tee up plenty for the forthcoming National Hunt campaign.

The latter's handler Dermot Weld is also responsible for Mahaazen, who attempts to put a Fairyhouse defeat behind her in the Meath Handicap, a race in which the Joanna Morgan-trained To The Sky is striving to add to his recent Curragh success.

Finn McCool boasts a Classic pedigree and the close relation to 2006 Epsom Oaks heroine Alexandrova starts his career in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden for juveniles.

Aidan O'Brien saddles another Galileo newcomer in Kingsbarns as well, while fellow debutants Say and Moth represent the sire, as well as Ballydoyle, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Kerisa took a big step forward between her first couple of outings and John Oxx's Curragh third may be the one to beat.

Several leading stables challenge for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden for three-year-olds, with O'Brien and Oxx winning five out of the last six renewals between them.

They pin their hopes this time on Exact and Nimdani respectively, while Weld sends Pacelli Road, who showed a modicum of promise on his sole racecourse appearance at Leopardstown a little under a year ago.

Samantha Bell and Amour Fou combined to land the Trim Apprentice Handicap last season and return off just a 1lb higher mark, although the steadier of 10 stone does not exactly make life easy.