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Paul Carberry's winning ride on Apache Stronghold was a treat to watch

Apache Stronghold (pink silks): suffering from an abscess

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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The contest will be reduced to just three runners if Apache Stronghold is withdrawn on Sunday morning.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.

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