Apache Stronghold: also being prepared for Punchestown festivalPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Apache Stronghold set for Fairyhouse return
APACHE STRONGHOLD, a leading fancy for Cheltenham before suffering injury, is due to return in a Grade 2 novice hurdle on Sunday at Fairyhouse.
The six-year-old, hugely impressive in winning the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan when last seen in November, is to take his chance in the €40,000 Coolmore N.H. Sires Fame And Glory & Sans Frontieres Novice Hurdle.
Apache Stronghold suffered a foot abscess after being declared for the Grade 1 Navan Novice Hurdle in December, which was won by Briar Hill. He was still being aimed at the Neptune at Cheltenham at that stage but never made it, having been cast in his box subsequent to the Navan race.
Trainer Noel Meade said: "Apache Stronghold worked the other day at Fairyhouse and we were very happy with him. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, he will go to Fairyhouse this weekend.
"He is not 100 per cent wound up yet but I hope that he would be by Punchestown. That said he's in good shape.
"We were very happy with him the other day, and I would see him as a chaser for next season, as well as the Albert Barlett winner Very Wood."