FORGE Meadow won a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Naas back in February but a lean enough period since, which saw her fail to place in five runs, came to an end on Saturday at Punchestown when she won the Frontline Security Gravel Mares Hurdle, a listed race.

Bred by Richard Healy and sold as a foal through Barrettstown Stud to George Mullins for just €3,500 at Tattersalls Ireland, this daughter of Beneficial (Top Ville)was reoffered at the same venue in the 2015 Derby Sale where Jessica Harrington’s bid of €27,000 secured her for owner Joe Doyle. The farmer and publican from Ballon has enjoyed big race success in the past, notably when in a partnership that owned Central House.