Apple’s Jade ripe for new season

Gordon Elliott’s mare is ‘back in now and seems fine again’

  • Thursday 06 September
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Apple’s Jade is reported in good order following the mare’s return to training with Gordon Elliott.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old struggled to hit top form in the spring when she was turned over as the odds-on favourite in her quest to win back-to-back renewals of the Mares’ Hurdle.

And it was a similar story at Punchestown a month later when she once again had to make do with third place behind Benie Des Dieux.

Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O’Leary told the Irish Times: “She lost her form last year and she seemed to be in season all the time from Cheltenham.

“She’s back in now and seems fine again.

“You’d like to travel the same route with her if you could. The only thing different we might do is probably go for the Irish Champion Hurdle.

“Last year she went straight to Cheltenham and she tends to be better busy than not busy.”

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