Apache Stronghold (pink silks): suffering from an abscessPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Apache Stronghold '50-50' for Navan race
APACHE STRONGHOLD is "no more than 50-50" to run in the Navan Novice Hurdle on Sunday after he was discovered to be suffering from an abscess.
The Noel Meade-trained five-year-old, who is two from two over hurdles, is 9-4 second favourite behind the Willie Mullins-trained Briar Hill for the Grade 1 race at Navan
The contest will be reduced to just three runners if Apache Stronghold is withdrawn on Sunday morning.
Meade said: "Apache Stronghold was perfect on Friday and we were all looking forward to him running.
"But we discovered an abscess on his off-fore foot this morning and while we've been poulticing it and treating it all day, I would have to say that his chances of running are no more than 50-50. We'll leave a final decision until the morning."
The ground at Navan was changed to yielding on Saturday afternoon following seven millimetres of rain since declaration time on Friday.