Apache Stronghold misses Navan Novice date, states Noel Meade
Last Updated: 15/12/13 10:46am
Briar Hill: Task made easier
Apache Stronghold will miss this afternoon's Grade One Navan Novice Hurdle and a clash with Sky Bet Supreme favourite Briar Hill.
The Noel Meade-trained five-year-old has created a big impression in winning both his starts this season and was set for a mouth-watering clash with WIllie Mullins' Briar Hill.
However, Meade revealed on Saturday that his charge was suffering with a foot abscess and he has not recovered sufficiently to take his chance.
A statement on www.tuvastables.blogspot.ie, said: "Unfortunately Apache Stronghold won't run today at Navan. He is OK but not 100% so will miss out today and will run at Christmas instead."
The Meade team had been planning to field Very Wood in the race too, but he has also been ruled out leaving just Briar Hill and Azorian to contest the prize.