Elliott poised to make Tuesday call on Samcro and Cheltenham

Lung infection had threatened to derail season

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Gordon Elliott is set to decide on Tuesday whether Samcro will run at the Cheltenham Festival.

The much-talked-about seven-year-old looked every inch a superstar in the making when living up to the hype in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 12 months ago, but things have not gone to plan since.

He fell at Punchestown following Cheltenham, and while connections opted to give him a Champion Hurdle campaign this season, he has met with defeat in three outings to date.

His first reverse came at Down Royal in November, before finding Buveur D’Air too good at Newcastle and disappointing when only fifth as the 6-4 favourite in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown.

He was found to be suffering from a lung infection subsequent to that Leopardstown run and plans for the rest of the season were put on hold as a result.

Reports in recent weeks have been more upbeat, however, and Elliott said on Sunday: “Samcro will gallop on Tuesday and I’ll know what we are going to do then.

“All of our Cheltenham horses will gallop on Tuesday.”

Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, Samcro remains in the Unibet Champion Hurdle but is as low as 5-1 for the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle.

Elliott poised to make Tuesday call on Samcro and Cheltenham
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