Noel Meade is delighted that Go Native has returned in good shape following an excellent comeback run at Navan on Wednesday.
The three-time Grade One-winning hurdler had been sidelined for well over 900 days by injury and Meade expected him to need the run as he returned to action in the October Maiden on the Flat.
However, the nine-year-old travelled like much the best horse in the race and was only beaten two lengths into third by talented chaser Glam Gerry, leaving his trainer rightfully thrilled with a comeback run that exceeded his expectations.
"He's fine and I'm obviously delighted with him," said Meade.
"He got a bit tired but he did run a lot better than I thought he would. I thought he would get tired a bit sooner than he did.
"Anyway, as it worked out, if we'd held on to him a bit longer he might even have won, but he still ran a really good race and it's a good start.
"I don't want to make any firm plans at this stage. We'll just see how we go and see how he comes along now after that first run.
"I don't want to rush him. We could give him another run on the Flat, we'll just see. Nothing is set in stone at the moment."