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Saturday 21 October 2017

1Noel Meade is keen to give impressive Tipperary winner Rich Coast another outing in the coming weeks before thoughts turn to the Bar One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

1Noel Meade is keen to give impressive Tipperary winner Rich Coast another outing in the coming weeks before thoughts turn to the Bar One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The six-year-old made quite a splash on Sunday when he pulled three and a half lengths clear of Macnicholson in the Grade Three Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle.

Meade has grand designs of sending Rich Coast for the Grade One Royal Bond on November 30, but his inmate could run in the interim. The County Meath handler said: "That (Royal Bond) is our thinking, but before that he might go for a two-mile novice in a few weeks."

Meade's Road To Riches is likely to feature at Down Royal's big meeting on November 1 following his narrow reverse to Sizing Europe at Gowran on Saturday.

The seven-year-old failed by just a head in the Grade Two PWC Champion Chase to add further credence to his runaway victory in the Galway Plate in July. Road To Riches is now in contention to step back up to the top table for the JNwine.com Champion Chase at the County Antrim circuit.

Meade and owners Gigginstown House Stud will, however, also investigate the option of running him on the same card in the Grade Two Powers Irish Whiskey Chase. Meade said: "He pulled a shoe off (at Gowran) and was a little bit tender, but he's come out of the race very well and we are very happy with him.

1Solwhit (pictured) is edging closer towards a welcome return to the track after injury had forced him on to the sidelines since last June. The deeply talented, but fragile, 10-year-old was unable to defend his Ladbrokes World Hurdle title at Cheltenham in March after he suffered a problem with a fetlock. But trainer Charles Byrnes has patiently nursed the eight-times Grade One scorer back to fitness, with the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on November 30 considered for a potential comeback.

The County Limerick handler said: "I'm not too sure where we go first, but he'll probably have an entry in the Hatton's Grace."

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