Meade has high hopes for Edge

Naas runner-up has Cheltenham options.

  • Monday 24 February
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Noel Meade predicts a bright future for Beacon Edge following his narrow defeat at Naas on Sunday.

A smart bumper performer last season – most notably finishing fourth behind Envoi Allen at last year’s Dublin Racing Festival – the Doyen gelding made an impressive start to his hurdling career at Punchestown in October.

Having been off the track since, Beacon Edge appeared to face a stiff task in the Grade Two Paddy Power Betting Shop Novice Hurdle, but was beaten just a nose by the front-running Jason The Militant, with hot favourite Andy Dufresne four lengths away in third.

Betfair reacted by cutting Meade’s charge to 33-1 from 66-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, but the trainer will consult owners Gigginstown House Stud before committing to future targets.

“We think he’s a very good horse and we always did. He just got held up with me all winter,” said Meade.

“He probably would have won with a good jump at the last. He just reached for it and got a bit unbalanced, but it’s a good run for just his second run over hurdles.

“If you look back at his form he was beaten just over three lengths by Envoi Allen – his form is top class.

“I don’t know what the plans are and I’ll have to talk to Michael and Eddie (O’Leary) before seeing where he’ll go.”

Meade has high hopes for Edge
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