The six-year-old, who was runner-up to Vautour in the Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in May, made a winning debut over fences at Down Royal three weeks ago. “Apache Stronghold worked well this morning and all going well he’ll go for the Drinmore Novice Chase,” said the trainer. Meade has the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle on the same card in mind for Rich Coast after last month’s Tipperary winner had to miss an engagement recently. “Rich Coast missed the For Auction with a bit of heat in one of his joints. The plan now is to go for the Royal Bond with him,” he said. Noel Meade reports Apache Stronghold to be on course for the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday week. Press Association
The boss says it’d be great to claim his first piece of silverware since taking charge.Waterford manager Derek McGrath says Tipperary’s achievements so far in the championship have been undervalued.Throw in on Sunday is at 4 o’clock….Tipp FM will have full live coverage, getting underway shortly after 3 in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, NenaghTipp FM will also bring you live coverage of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final between Tipperary and Limerick from 2 o’clock on Sunday with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Church Street, Templemore. Tipperary manager Michael Ryan says winning Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final would be a huge boost for his side.The Upperchurch-Drombane club man’s charges face Waterford in the provincial decider.Tipp had five points to spare over the Déise in last year’s final at Semple Stadium.