Noel Meade has long been established as one of Ireland’s best and most popular trainers.
Meade began his training career back in 1971 with just one dual-purpose horse to his name that he rode out himself.
From that modest beginning, he grew into the most powerful National Hunt trainer in the country, being crowned Champion Trainer in Ireland on eight occasions between 1998/99 and 2006/07.
While he has since had to give up that crown to Willie Mullins, the County Meath trainer continues to be a factor on the big-race scene.
With Noel’s string being in particularly good form in the build-up to this weekend's Winter Festival at Fairyhouse, attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake picked the perfect time to speak to the master of Tu Va Stables.