Noel Meade Stable Tour

    The eight-time champion trainer offers an insight on his talented team ahead of the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse.
  • Thursday 29 November 2018
  • Stable Tours

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 which he rode out himself.

From that modest beginning, he grew into the most powerful National Hunt trainer in Ireland, being crowned Champion Trainer on eight occasions between 1998/99 and 2006/07.

While he has since had to give up that crown to Willie Mullins, Meade continues to be a factor on the big-race scene, with Road To Respect leading the way for him in recent seasons.

With Meade’s string being in particularly good form in the build-up to this weekend’s Fairyhouse Winter Festival, he picked the perfect time to speak to Kevin Blake of attheraces.com and discuss his team.

Older Horses

Brace Yourself

Form Profile:

Placed in a point-to-point and the winner of a bumper, he made a winning hurdling debut in a maiden hurdle at Down Royal in November.

Trainer Says:

I’ve left him in the Royal Bond, but I think it’s more likely that he’ll skip that and go to the Navan Novice Hurdle in a few weeks. He’s always given us the impression that two-and-a-half miles will suit him better than two miles, so we’ll get to test that at Navan. We’ve always liked him and we think he’s quite a nice horse, so hopefully he’ll keep going the right way.

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Daly Tiger (FR)

Form Profile:

Made a winning racecourse debut in a bumper at Thurles in November 2017 and has shaped well over hurdles.

Trainer Says:

He had a little bit of a setback with a sore wither earlier this season and I didn’t think he was quite as wound up as I would have liked him for his run at Punchestown yesterday, so it was a pleasant surprise that he was able to win as he did. That run should bring him forward and hopefully he can compete at a higher level going forward.

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9 Nov 2017:

De Name Escapes Me

Form Profile:

A 138-rated hurdler, he won a valuable handicap hurdle at Naas in November and finished second in a similar contest at Navan last time.

Trainer Says:

He ran very well at Navan last time considering he gave himself very little chance of seeing the race out by pretty much running away with Mark. A loose horse passed him going down the back and he just took off. I think he would have seen out the race better if he settled better. I haven’t discussed it with Frank yet, but it is quite possible his next run could be over fences. Either way, I doubt he’ll run again until Christmas.

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Diol Ker (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Martaline - Stiren Bleue (Pistolet Bleu)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 2 Dec 2018 15:40
  • Result: 5/14, mid-division, headway 4f out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on leader 2f out, soon weakened
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Form Profile:

Made it third-time lucky in point-to-points when winning a four-year-old maiden at Curraghmore in April.

Trainer Says:

We like him and the plan at the minute is to run him in a bumper at Fairyhouse this Sunday. He’s a big chasing type that won a point-to-point for Pat Doyle and his recent work has been good. Hopefully there is a cut in the ground for him.

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Disko (FR)

Form Profile:

A 164-rated chaser, he won twice at Grade 1 level as a novice chaser in 2016/17 and made a winning return to action in Grade 2 company at Down Royal last season only for a setback to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Trainer Says:

Disko didn’t get much luck last season and what happened him was that a couple of days before he was due to go home he reared over in his stable, cracking his skull and fracturing his wither. It was very bad at the time and we didn’t really know if he was going to recover at all. Thankfully, he looks to have made a full recovery. I thought he might be ready for the John Durkan, but when I did a bit of work with him, he wasn’t as forward as I had thought. He may run there, but the Leopardstown Christmas Chase is maybe the likelier target. He’s also entered in the King George, but that might be a bit ambitious given what’s happened with him. We’ve always thought the world of him and we think he can be a Grade 1 horse in open company, so we are looking forward to getting him back.

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Dream Conti (FR)

  • 5-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Lauro - Posterite (Video Rock)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 9 Dec 2018 12:55
  • Result: 3/18, tracked leader, 2nd after 5th, closed 4 out, dropped to 3rd before last, no impression on principals, kept on without threatening run-in
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Form Profile:

Made a winning debut in a bumper at Fairyhouse in April.

Trainer Says:

He should make up into a good horse, but he just hasn’t fired for me so far this season. He had a little bit of a dirty nose and that has slowed him down a bit. When he’s ready to go, he’ll go straight over hurdles.

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First Approach

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Robin Des Champs - Manhattan Babe (Definite Article)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Navan, 25 Nov 2018 13:00
  • Result: 4/8, tracked leader in 2nd, took keen hold, led from 4th, joined entering straight, headed narrowly 3 out, ridden from next, dropped to 3rd at last, no extra inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he has won a bumper at Tipperary and a maiden hurdle at Down Royal this season.

Trainer Says:

We might have raced him a bit too much lately, but it’s always tempting to run him as he’s one of those that just always seems in great form at home. He ran well at Navan last time, but he was just too free and didn’t give himself a chance. Sean suggested that he might be better suited by being dropped in. We won’t run him until Christmas at the earliest and the Grade 2 novice hurdle over three miles at Limerick might suit him. He’s very much a chaser in the making.

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He's No Molly

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beneficial - Violet Hill (Bob Back)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Cork, 21 Oct 2018 14:20
  • Result: Won/6, led, pressed from 3 out, almost joined next, stayed on well run-in, all out, just held on
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Form Profile:

Placed in a point-to-point, he has won a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick and a novice hurdle at Cork this season.

Trainer Says:

My next move with him will be dictated by what mark he gets. If he is put in too high, I’d say he’s likely to go over fences sooner rather than later. He’s a staying type.”

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Impatient Partner

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Madmoiselle Etoile (Bob Back)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Cork, 9 Dec 2018 12:40
  • Result: 5/24, chased leaders, not always fluent jumping, kept on same pace straight
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Form Profile:

Placed in both his starts in point-to-points, he made a winning debut in a bumper at Cork in April.

Trainer Says:

He’s ready to go and is just waiting for some rain to arrive, as he needs soft ground. He’ll go straight over hurdles and he should stay two-and-a-half miles. I think he’s a nice horse.

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Minella Fair

Form Profile:

A 138-rated hurdler, he won two of his four starts over hurdles last season.

Trainer Says:

He worked yesterday morning and worked brilliantly. He’s ready to go, we’re just waiting for soft ground for him. The plan is to go novice chasing with him.

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Pat's Pick

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou - Lady Lenson (Bob's Return)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 1 Apr 2018 17:05
  • Result: Won/17, held up, soon towards rear, headway approaching straight, ridden to go 5th over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near line
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Form Profile:

Made a winning debut in the valuable Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival in April.

Trainer Says:

He got a bit held up and won’t be out until after Christmas I’d say. What he runs in will all depend on how quickly we can get him back to race fitness. If it takes a bit longer than hoped, we might just run him in another bumper, but if all goes to plan, he’ll go hurdling.

Video Form
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Red Jack

Form Profile:

The winner of two bumpers (including the valuable Tattersalls Ireland George Mernagh Memorial Sales Bumper at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival in 2017) and a maiden hurdle, he was last seen finishing fifth in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December 2017.

Trainer Says:

He hurt himself in the Royal Bond last year and he wasn’t right for a long time after that. It’s been a struggle to get him right, but I think we are getting on top of it now. The plan was to go chasing with him this season and hopefully he run shortly when the rain arrives. His schooling over fences has been very good.

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Road To Respect

Form Profile:

A 169-rated chaser, he won the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017 and has since added three Grade 1 chases to his tally, most recently when making an impressive seasonal reappearance in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.

Trainer Says:

Sean was very happy with him at Down Royal. He said he felt great at every stage of the race. He put him to sleep early and he was worried that he was so asleep that he might not be able to wake him up when it mattered, but he really did explode when he asked him to and it was impressive. Plan A is to run him in the Leopardstown Christmas Chase. Last season, we ran him in that race and didn’t run again until Cheltenham, but I think that might have been too long to leave him without a run. I haven’t discussed a longer-term plan for him with Michael and Eddie yet, but I would like him to run in the Irish Gold Cup in between those two races this season. I might well get overruled and if I am, so be it, but that’s what I’d like to do with him. He’s in great shape at the moment. It should be remembered that he is only a seven-year-old that is a big horse and I’d be hoping that he might have improved a bit since last season.

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Snow Falcon (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Flocon De Neige (Kahyasi)
  • Trained by: N Meade
  • Last Race: Down Royal, 3 Nov 2018 15:05
  • Result: Won/6, tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 5 out, headway travelling well to lead after 3 out, ridden to assert after 2 out, kept on well run-in
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Form Profile:

A 156-rated chaser, he has won the Kerry National at Listowel and a Grade 2 chase at Down Royal this season.

Trainer Says:

He picked up a tiny stress fracture high up on a hind leg after his last run that held us up a little bit. It wasn’t displaced or anything like that, so he just needed a little box rest. It will probably be the end of January before he is back on the track and we’ll look to plot a course to Cheltenham with him from there. He will be entered in the Ryanair and the Gold Cup and what he does between now and then will dictate where he goes.

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Tout Est Permis (FR)

Form Profile:

A 150-rated chaser, he has won both his starts since joining Meade including the Troytown Chase at Navan on his latest outing.

Trainer Says:

He was very good in the Troytown Chase last week. It didn’t catch us by surprise that he won as well as he did. The way he was working, I haven’t been as confident about a horse in a big handicap for a long time as I was with him. He has been raised to 150 now which means he would be the top-weight in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown, so that might be the end of that idea. He will be able to get into all the Listed and lesser Graded chases without a penalty, so we might just fish around and find him some winning opportunities in that sort of company. I’d be very hopeful that he could be a Grade 2 horse and whether he can come up to Grade 1 level, we’ll just have to wait and see. I was saying to Eddie that his next race should be over hurdles as he’s only rated 114, but he wasn’t having any of it! I’m sure we’ll send him in that direction at some stage.

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