Exciting Times Ahead as Kempton Looms Large
11 December 2009
Irish trainer Noel Meade exclusively reveals all the latest news regarding his stable star Go Native, brilliant winner of the 2009 WBX.COM Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
It was fantastic to win the WBX.COM Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle for a third time with Go Native and now we try once again to become the first winners of the WBX Hurdling Triple Crown. Both the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdles are races I have won before and it would be brilliant if we could win the second leg at Kempton on Boxing Day.
All has been ok since Newcastle with Go Native and although he has not worked too hard he has done everything which has been asked of him and he has done it very well. Davy Condon will ride him again at Kempton and I expect him to be saddled by Paul Carberry as he was ahead of the Fighting Fifth.
When a horse wins at 25/1 there is always a danger that they don’t receive the credit they deserve for the victory. I think the price was down to his defeat by Colm Murphy’s mare, Voler La Vedette, but we should never have run at Down Royal where the ground was completely against us.
The better ground in England suits us well and I am hoping for a good surface at Kempton on Boxing Day. People have been talking about the lack of pace counting against many of the fancied horses at Newcastle but I honestly believe we will be better suited by a faster pace.
Go Native would be a bit smaller than Harchibald, our previous two time winner of the WBX.COM Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. He is still only six but is coming along the right way and is blessed with natural speed as he showed in the WBX.COM Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
The Supreme Novices’ form from last season is beginning to look quite strong. I was interested to hear that Alan King nominated the victory of Go Native in the WBX.COM Fighting Fifth Hurdle as a reason to try his hand against the top hurdlers in the Bula. With Somersby (third in the Supreme) winning impressively over fences on Saturday from the Champion Hurdle fourth it will be interesting to see how Medermit fares against the Champion Hurdle first and second from last season.
Fingers crossed we remain in the same form as we are in now and I will continue to update you via www.wbxtriplecrown.com with all the news on Go Native and from Tu Va.