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Native makes Navan return

Noel Meade is not expecting any fireworks from Go Native as the three-time Grade One winner makes his first appearance in over 900 days at Navan.

The nine-year-old was sent off favourite for the 2010 Champion Hurdle, chasing a substantial bonus following wins in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. However, he suffered an injury during the race, finished well beaten, and has not been seen since.

He makes his comeback on the Flat in the two-mile October Maiden and Meade expects the race to improve his gelding's fitness.

The trainer said: "He will need the run, but it's a first step back and it's a lovely race to run him in on a bit of easy ground.

"He's in good form at home and I'm very happy with him at this stage, but it will probably take him a couple of runs to get back in the swing of things. It's a good race, but then the two-mile Flat maidens normally are."

Go Native features in a fascinating field of 15 runners, with Meade also saddling Mickelson and News Carver.

John Carr saddles 140-rated hurdler Benash, Glam Gerry is a smart chaser for Colm Murphy and the Jessica Harrington-trained Jezki was last seen finishing eighth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.


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