Elliott praying for Newcastle rain
Gordon Elliott says he is hoping for a spot of rain ahead of Saturday's Betvictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle for his charge Samcro.
The highly-rated six-year-old was expected to feature in last Sunday's Morgiana Hurdle but the runner was a late withdrawal because of the good ground at Punchestown.
Samcro is now being targeted at Newcastle this weekend for a potential battle with reigning champion hurdler Buveur D'Air but Elliott wants to see some more rain up in the north east.
He 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."
Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.