Sunday, 26 November 2017

Super Samco 'perfect' ahead of first graded test

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Gordon Elliott's huge Cheltenham Festival contender Samcro is searching for his first Graded win over hurdles in Navan's Monksfield Novices Hurdle (1:05).

The five-year-old won three times in bumper company, before enjoying a comfortable 15 length success on his hurdling debut at Punchestown.

He is seeking his first graded victory, but remains one of the most exciting novice hurdlers in training this victory and is only 1-4 to take this Grade Three prize today.

"Samcro, the unbeaten son of Germany, is a horse we think the world of," Elliott told his Betfair blog.

"He made a great start to his hurdling career at Punchestown in October to cruise to a 15L victory. He would have done more in a piece of work at home and really put the race to bed effortlessly.

"This Grade 3 will be his biggest ask to date but on his form he's obviously a major player and I'm looking forward to seeing him run."

He is currently a favourite for the Ballymore Novice Hurdle at the Festival, with reports from the yard indicating he may be something special.

His biggest danger to losing his unbeaten record is Jessica Harrington's Jetz, who was an encouraging winner at Fairyhouse last time out.

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