Noel Meade eyeing Troytown target with Galway scorer A Genie In Abottle

Tue 10 Oct 2017

Navan's Troytown Chase emerged as a likely target for A Genie In Abottle after Noel Meade's charge made a successful reappearance at Galway.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old showed some high-class form as a novice over fences last season, most notably finishing fifth when favourite for the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before placing third behind stablemate Disko in the Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Making his first start since that late April appearance, A Genie In Abottle was a 6-4 chance for the Ryans Cleaning Chase in the hands of Sean Flanagan and knuckled down well in the testing conditions to score by two and a half lengths.

Mala Beach ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot on his first run since March of last year, but 5-4 favourite Arbre De Vie was disappointing.

Meade said: "He likes the hill and the heavy ground and when the going gets tough, the tough get going!

"That describes him well as he's not the quickest in the world, but he'll stay going for you and keep trying.

"He had some very good form last year, even his run behind Disko was a good run on goodish ground, whereas on that ground today he takes a bit of beating, especially over a trip.

"He'll probably be entered in the Grade One in Down Royal ( Champion Chase), but maybe the Troytown Chase is the race for him.

"It'll be heavy ground at Navan,  that might be his job and might be a more realistic target."

Meade and Flanagan were completing doubles on the card after 8-1 shot The Rory Story had earlier upset red-hot favourite Poli Roi in the opening Mervue Maiden Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott's Poli Roi was 4-7 to make a successful transition to hurdles after finishing third behind esteemed stable companion Fayonagh in the Champion I.N.H. Flat Race at Punchestown, but a bad mistake at the second-last proved costly and he was eventually beaten by four lengths.

"He won his bumper first time, but stuck his head in the air doing so, and then ran two terrible races over hurdles and we had to get his wind done," Meade added.

"Since he has got his wind done and has had a break, he has come back in a much nicer horse.

"Whatever he does over hurdles will be a bonus as he will be a nice chaser.

"I know the favourite didn't jump particularly well, but it was a good maiden hurdle and it was a good performance."

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