It’s Sunday For Samcro!


Gordon Elliott’s Star Novice To Run In the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown

Thursday, February 01, 2018
Samcro Navan 1

Samcro and Jack Kennedy jumping the last to win the GR3 Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan 26.11.2017 Photo: Alain Barr


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 Hurdle.

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 for.”

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.”

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.

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