Monday, 27 November 2017

Stunning Samcro shortened for Cheltenham after impressive Navan win

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Trainer Gordon Elliott has described Sunday's winner Samcro as 'special' following his comfortable victory in the Grade Three Monksfield Novice Hurdle.

The five-year-old travelled very smoothly and jumped terrifically as he dismantled a decent field in Ireland, cantering home to a hugely impressive twelve length romp.

He has been shortened into favouritism for all three novice hurdling contests at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, with the Ballymore being his principal target.

"That was a good performance and he did it very well," said Elliott.

"Jack said he gave him a bit of light at the third-last and he just took off on him.

"It was nice to see he could do that (over two and a half miles), so we have loads of options.

"I just said to Davy Condon at the start that the one worry I had was that it was his first time on that real heavy ground. Most good horses win on every ground and he looks a real nice one. We are lucky to have him.

"He jumped the last like he jumped a fence, but after running in point-to-points you expect that.

"I don't know if we'll go for Christmas, he's obviously a horse for next year and whatever he does over hurdles will be a bonus this year.

"I thought that was a bit special what he did there, it was class."

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