Samcro stars in Ryanair Hurdle field

Gordon Elliott’s charge will bid to bounce back to winning ways

  • Thursday 20 December
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Samcro will face a maximum of 10 rivals when he bids to make it third time lucky this season in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The two-mile Grade One is the main attraction on the fourth and final afternoon of the Christmas Festival at the Foxrock track on December 29.

Gordon Elliott’s Samcro suffered a shock defeat on his seasonal reappearance at Down Royal and proved no match for dual Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle.

He is set to go off a hot favourite to rediscover the winning trail on Saturday week – but might not have things all his own way.

Willie Mullins has Melon, Sharjah, Laurina and Limini in contention, while Iain Jardine’s Bedrock could bid to prove there was no fluke about his victory over Samcro at Down Royal in November.

Elliott has six contenders in the Grade One Neville Hotels Novice Chase over three miles on the same afternoon, headed by Drinmore winner Delta Work and the long-absent Champagne Classic.

Joseph O’Brien’s Le Richebourg could renew rivalry with Delta Work after being touched off at Fairyhouse, while Judgement Day could step up in class for Henry de Bromhead after four successive wins.

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