Saturday 14 December 2019

Apple's Jade remains on course for Leopardstown

RESTING: Apple’s Jade. Photo: Sportsfile
RESTING: Apple’s Jade. Photo: Sportsfile

Apple's Jade is on the easy list at Gordon Elliott's this week after pulling a shoe and a bit of her hoof during Sunday's 20-length annihilation of the Hatton's Grace field.

Leopardstown remains the next port of call for the eight-time Grade One winning mare as she featured among a strong list of entries for the feature races at the Christmas Festival.


Samcro is another likely to head to Foxrock next with the Ryanair Hurdle over two miles the only early closing race he appeared in although Elliott didn't rule out a step up in trip following his latest defeat in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle last Saturday.

A think-tank with Michael O'Leary on future plans for all their stars is likely to take place this week with the campaign for Apple's Jade and Samcro likely to be high on the agenda.

"I haven't really had a good chat with Michael and Eddie (O'Leary) about the weekend but we'll sit down later in the week and go through things," Elliott said.

"The plan is for Apple's Jade to go to Leopardstown at Christmas. Sunday was probably as good a run as she has ever had so we are delighted with her.

"To me she goes to Cheltenham for the race we think she has the best chance of winning and that is probably the Mares Hurdle, I can't see her running in the Champion Hurdle."

Elliott was once again full of praise for Buveur D'air's performance following Saturday's race at Newcastle but all options will be explored with Samcro in the coming days.

"Everything is up in the air at the moment. I'll have a chat with Michael and Eddie this week but as it stands at the minute we are training him for the Champion Hurdle," he added.

There was also news on Champion Bumper ante-post favourite Malone Road who could miss the rest of the season.

The four-year-old had shot to the head of the betting for the Champion Bumper following an impressive win at Punchestown last month and was due to head straight to Cheltenham in March.

However, a knee injury could now force Elliott to draw stumps on his season prematurely unless he can have him right for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham or Punchestown in April.


Meanwhile, trainer Colin Tizzard is going to stick with the plan for Sizing Tennessee and run Saturday's Ladbrokes Trophy winner in the Welsh National at Chepstow.

A more glittered campaign is usually earmarked for winners of Newbury's show piece event but Tizzard isn't getting carried away following the success of the 10-year-old.

Sizing Tennessee would only have to carry a 4lbs penalty at Chepstow later this month and having been 16/1 on Friday for the race he is now half that price with BoyleSports.

"We would take a penalty for what he did on Saturday. It is the obvious race for him and he should be suited by it. If everything is fine he will be there on December 27," Tizzard said.

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