Concerto will be back soon, says Meade

Noel Meade reports Aran Concerto to be nearing a return to the racecourse as he recovers from a slight setback.

Noel Meade reports Aran Concerto to be nearing a return to the racecourse as he recovers from a slight setback.

The eight-year-old has always been held in the highest regard by his County Meath handler and won three of his five hurdling starts, including in Grade One company.

After 20 months on the sidelines with injury, the son of Zaffaran appeared to be as good as ever when making a winning chasing debut at Navan in November and Meade is preparing to unleash him once again.

"Aran Concerto had a setback just before we were going to run him in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse so that has held him up a little bit," said Meade.

"He will be back though and all being well he will be out somewhere towards the end of this month.

"I don't really have a particular race in mind for him at the moment but we will just see how we go."

Meade also had news of another Grade One-winning hurdler in Nicanor, who is still the only horse to have beaten Denman under rules.

He has been off the track for the best part of two years but his trainer fully expects him to return to the track in the near future.

"Nicanor is in full work and he too should be ready to run by the end of January," the trainer continued.

"It's been frustrating with him as he has been very close to running a couple of times. But he has been kept swimming so hopefully he's still reasonably fit."

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