Samcro still on course for Fighting Fifth

Elliott wants more rain at Newcastle

  • Sunday 25 November
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Gordon Elliott is keeping a careful eye on the weather at Newcastle for Samcro’s planned run in the Betvictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle on Saturday.

The six-year-old carried all before him as a novice last term, but he suffered a surprise defeat on his return at Down Royal and was a late withdrawal from last Sunday’s Morgiana Hurdle because of the good ground at Punchestown.

Elliott quickly nominated the Newcastle Grade One – and a possible clash with reigning champion hurdler Buveur D’Air – as a likely port of call, but he would like to see a bit more rain at Gosforth Park.

The trainer said: “Samcro did a nice piece of work on Friday and the plan is still the Fighting Fifth. We just need a bit of rain over there now.”

The Newcastle ground was reported to be good to soft on Sunday after 40 millimetres of rain at the track over the last week.

Samcro still on course for Fighting Fifth
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