Samcro off to perfect start over hurdles as Elliott hits rivals for six

    High-class bumper performer Samcro made a flying start to his career over jumps in the Buy Your 2018 Annual Badge Maiden Hurdle as Gordon Elliott won six of the eight races at Punchestown.
  • Thursday 19 October 2017
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High-class bumper performer Samcro made a flying start to his career over jumps in the Buy Your 2018 Annual Badge Maiden Hurdle as Gordon Elliott won six of the eight races at Punchestown.

Elliott has made no secret of the regard in which he holds the five-year-old and he could not have been more impressive in winning National Hunt Flat races at Punchestown, Navan and Fairyhouse last season.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding, also a winning point-to-pointer, was a prohibitively priced 1-5 favourite for his first start over the smaller obstacles and having jumped well in the main under Jack Kennedy, he readily pulled 15 lengths clear of Mind's Eye.

Elliott said: " Job done - we think he's a nice horse.

"Jack said it was pretty straightforward and he would have done as much at home on the gallop.

"He's relaxed and you could step him up in trip but he's got the pace for that (two miles).

"He's a nice horse, it's hard to know how good he is but we like him and we think the world of him.

"It'll be steady steady and he'll have one more run before Christmas I'd imagine.

"We'll have to look at something like the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse. I've said it all along, I think he's quick enough for two miles and he has the stamina to stay and step out whenever you want.

"Chasing is going to be his game, so we'll try and mind him."

Elliott got the afternoon off to a flyer as the high-class Pallasator won the John Shortt Legends Challenge Race in the hands of Norman Williamson.

Ben Dundee (13-8 favourite) obliged in the Punchestown November Festival Handicap Hurdle, before Grade One-winning hurdler Death Duty (4-9 favourite) brought up the four-timer when winning for the second time over fences in the Buck House Novice Chase.

Elliott rounded off the day by winning the concluding two races with King's Song (3-1 favourite) and Felix Desjy (11-8 favourite).

He said: "It's a great day. Any day you have one winner is great so to have that many winners, I can't believe it.

"We were having breakfast this morning and Simon (McGonagle) my head man, Mouse (O'Ryan) and Tom Howley said they were doing a Lucky 63.

"Four of us did it. It only cost 63 quid and we all got a few quid out of it."

Noel Meade took the feature with Road To Respect - one of four winners on the card for Gigginstown House Stud - and the Tu Va handler also saddled the other winner on the card not trained by Elliott in the shape of Lex Talionis, who was a 12-1 victor in the Go Racing In Kildare Handicap Hurdle.

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