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  • Native Catches Eye On Comeback

October Maiden 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, 15 runners)
  • Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 48.00s
  • Off time: 18:05:31
  • Last Updated: October 10 2012, 20:07 BST

Go Native made an eyecatching return to the track when third to Glam Gerry in the October Maiden at Navan.

Go Native: Made a nice return to action
Go Native: Made a nice return to action

The three-times Grade One winner was having his first start for 939 days, but shaped encouragingly after such a long absence.

Noel Meade's nine-year-old, who was last seen in competitive action in the 2010 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, travelled smoothly from the outset before taking the lead two furlongs out.

Emmet McNamara's partner (7-1) unsurprisingly ran out of gas inside the final 200 yards and could not match the finishing kick of 16-1 chance Glam Gerry, who held off Cairdin by a length.

Meade said: "To be honest, he ran better than I thought he would - I thought he'd get tired a bit further out.

"Having said that, I think he would have won if he (McNamara) had held on to him a bit longer.

"Emmet probably went a little bit too soon.

"I'm not sure if he'll stay hurdling or go chasing - he's not jumped a fence yet.

"If he stays hurdling a race like the Morgiana (Punchestown, November 18) is an obvious one and down the line we would have Kempton (Christmas Hurdle, Boxing Day) in mind if all goes well."

Glam Gerry's trainer Colm Murphy said: "Hopefully he'll be one of our staying chasers this year.

"I'm not sure if he wants three miles as he has some pace and options trip wise."