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Elliott waits on Samcro decision

4th March 2019, 11:46 by Craig Smithson

Gordon Elliott has confirmed that he will make a decision on Tuesday if Samcro will feature at the Cheltenham Festival.

The County Meath-based trainer has kept the seven-year-old in for the Champion Hurdle and the Stayers' Hurdle to date until he makes a firm decision on whether he will travel.

Samcro has struggled since hitting the heights of winning the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 12 months ago with a fall at Punchestown shortly after that triumph followed by three defeats so far this term.

After losing out at Down Royal in November, Samcro trailed Buveur D'Air at Newcastle and then failed to live up to his favourites' tag at Leopardstown in the Ryanair Hurdle.

He was then struck by a lung infection which has left Elliott waiting on the outcome of a gallop this week before deciding if he is good to go next week.

He: "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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