Trainer Gordon Elliott reports unbeaten novice hurdler
Samcro to be in “very good form” ahead of this weekend’s Dublin Racing
Festival, and said the horse will definitely run in Sunday’s Grade 1 Deloitte Novice
Samcro had a choice of three engagements over the weekend and
many expected his engagement to be in the 2m6f Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors
Novice Hurdle on Saturday, but connections have come down on the side of the
two-mile novice event, the third race on Sunday’s stellar card.
Speaking this morning, Elliott said: “Samcro is in very good
form, I couldn’t be happier with the horse. We just decided that, on the likely
ground, 2m6f would be too far for him on Saturday and will instead wait for
Sunday’s race, the Deloitte Novice Hurdle.
“Shane McCann, who rides him every day, was very keen for me
to go to the two-mile race with him, as were Michael and Eddie O’Leary. We all
had a chat together and decided the Deloitte on Sunday was the right race to go
Elliott also confirmed Farclas will take his place in the
Grade 1 Tattersalls Spring Juvenile Hurdle on Sunday.
He said: “He has definitely improved a lot and on his first
start over hurdles at Christmas, behind Graded horses, he was beaten just over
a length. I know Gavin Cromwell’s horse, Espoir D’allen, is a very good horse
and keeps pulling out more and finds a bit the whole time, but our fella is in
great form and we’re hopeful.”