County Of Origin: Meath
Date of licence: 1971
First winner: Tu Va, Wexford, August 30, 1971
Significant horses (selected): Helvic Dream, Sweet Mint, Pinch Hitter, Rangoon Ruby, Tiananmen Square, Novello Allegro, Johnny Setaside, Cockney Lad, Harchibald, Hill Society, Sallie's Girl, Cardinal Hill, Harbour Pilot, Harchibald, Nicanor, Watson Lake, Go Native, Realt Dubh, Road To Riches, Road To Respect, Jeff Kidder.
Assoc. jockeys: Sean Flanagan, Colin Keane
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An eight-time Champion National Hunt Trainer in Ireland, Noel Meade has been training since 1971 and as well as amassing an abundance of big-race wins over the jumps during his career, he has also an impressive string of important wins on the Flat to his credit. He has been responsible for an array of high-profile horses including Harchibald, Go Native, Pandorama and Road To Riches.
He has had six (as of 2021) Cheltenham Festival winners, Sausalito Bay (2000 Supreme Novices' Hurdle), Nicanor (2006 Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle), Go Native (2009 Supreme Novices' Hurdle), Very Wood (2014 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle) and Road To Respect which won the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase in 2017. In 2021, Noel won the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle with the Sean Flanagan-ridden Jeff Kidder.
Noel was never far from success on the Flat. He landed his first Group 1 winner when the Colin Keane-ridden Helvic Dream landed the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May 2021.
Noel's first winner was Tu Va at Wexford in 1971. He owned, trained and rode the horse himself. It was his only winner as a jockey.
Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) (Helvic Dream - C.T. Keane - 2021)
thetote.com Galway Plate (Grade A) (Road To Riches - S.A. Shortall - 2014)
Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Snow Falcon - J.M. Moore - 2018)
Guinness Galway Hurdle H'cap (Grade A) (More Rainbows - N.P. Madden - 2005)
Paddy Power S'chase (Grade B) (School Boy Hours - S.W. Flanagan - 2021)
Paddy Power S'chase (Grade B) (Cross Appeal - P. Carberry - 2011)
Powers Gold Label Ir.Grand Nat.S'ch.Hcap (Grade A) (The Bunny Boiler - R. Geraghty - 2002)
Paddy Power H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Coq Hardi Diamond - G.T. Hutchinson - 2002)
Lexus S'chase (Grade 1) (Pandorama - P. Carberry - 2010)
Lexus S'chase (Grade 1) (Road To Riches - B.J. Cooper - 2014)
Ladbrokes Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Road To Respect - S.W. Flanagan - 2019)
Leopardstown Christmas S'chase (Grade 1) (Road To Respect - S.W. Flanagan - 2017)
JNwine.com Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Road To Riches - P. Carberry - 2014)
JNwine.com Champion S'chase (Grade 1) (Road To Respect - S.W. Flanagan - 2018)
Paddy Power Champion INH Flat Race (Grade 1) (Mick The Man - N. Carberry - 2007)
Dr.P.J.Moriarty Novice S'chase (Grade 1) (Harbour Pilot - P. Carberry - 2002)
Coolmore Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes (Group 2) (Layfayette - C.D. Hayes - 2022)
Irish EBF Auction Series Race Final (Lady Of Inishfree - C.D. Hayes - 2021)
Deloitte Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Aran Concerto - P. Carberry - 2007)
vcbet.com Champion Novice H'dle (Grade 1) (Jered - A.P. McCoy - 2008)