Beacon Edge may be back in action at the Dublin Racing Festival after missing a scheduled Christmas outing due to colic.
Already a Grade One winner for fences after disembarking the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, Noel Meade’s position looked set to bid for more high-end accolades in Leopardstown last month.
And while the eight-year-old missed a holiday apparition, he is said to have recovered well and has a chance to run in the Ladbrokes Novice Chase in early February.
Meade said, “She had colic the day after Christmas Day. She’s fine now, fine.
“There is a chance he could race at the Dublin Racing Festival in Grade One, a two-mile chase.
“If he doesn’t go there, I don’t think there is an alternative for him, as he would have a grade one penalty in all those other rookie pursuits.
“I would say if he doesn’t go to Leopardstown, he would go straight to Cheltenham for the three mile novice.”
School Boy Hours was a big Christmas winner for Meade’s stable, taking a late leap forward to get an exciting makeover of Leopardstown’s Paddy Power Chase.
The Tu Va host sees the JP McManus-owned gelding as a potential Grand National contender and looks set to be saved for spring.
“He is in good shape and the England and Irish teams are both under consideration. I would say it is unlikely he will race first,” added Meade.
“It has not been decided yet, but this is the most likely path we will take with him.”
The manager provided a less positive update on Jeff Kidder, who enjoyed a spectacular finish last season with victories in major races at Cheltenham, Fairyhouse and Punchestown.
Since then, however, he has been beaten in each of his four starts and is ready for a stint on the sidelines.
Meade said: “He got injured in his garage about a month before Christmas. Now he’s got over it, but he’s been holding him completely, so he won’t be doing Cheltenham this year.”