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  • 13:40 Maiden Hurdle2m 7f

  • €10,000 added 5yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Soft, Soft/Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 20.20s
  • Off time: 13:40:33

Wounded Warrior battles home at Navan

Last Updated: 12/01/14 4:49pm

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Noel Meade: Trains Wounded Warrior

Noel Meade: Trains Wounded Warrior

Noel Meade's Wounded Warrior eventually ran out a comfortable winner of the Maiden Hurdle under Bryan Cooper.

A winning point-to-pointer before landing a bumper at Navan in December, the five-year-old is typical of the stock bought by owners Gigginstown House Stud in that he is every inch a chaser.

Sent off a 1/2 favourite for his hurdling bow, Wounded Warrior travelled sweetly for much of the two-mile-seven-furlong journey, but had to be shaken up early in the straight to reel in the leaders.

However, while Leavethelighton would not go down without a fight after the final flight, Cooper always appeared confident and pushed out his mount to take top honours by two and three-quarter lengths.

Meade said: "It probably wasn't ideal to start him off over that far. I don't think he needs two miles and seven furlongs, but he definitely needs further than two miles.

"The only real mistake he made was when the race was quickening up but he jumped well otherwise. He's still a bit of a baby. He'll probably go for a novice now over two and a half and we'll take it from there, but he'll really be a chaser in time."

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