Elliott Eyes Fighting Fifth For Samcro After Morgiana Drop Out

Gigginstown's leading hurdler of last season will have to wait a little longer to put right his bad start to the season after being pulled out of the Grade 1 Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown just over an hour before the race was set to take place.

Samcro was declared a non runner after his connections saw the ground as being too quick for the six year old and leaving the Punchestown punters disappointed they were not going to see the market favourite at the time.

His trainer Gordon Elliott had speculated all week that if the ground was to good he would be pulled out but he waited until the first hurdle race of the day took place on the Sunday to make his move and at 12.46, just minutes after that race and a discussion with jockey Davy Russell he withdrew him.

This saw the Gigginstown leading trainer have a meeting with the stewards on the course as to why he was pulled out so late but they took his reasoning and accepted that the mild, sunny conditions had not helped the drying of the track.

The unusual dry spell that we had during the Autumn is showing that it is still taking its toll on jumps racing, with a lot of the big guns from last season still yet to reappear. Punchestown were very reluctant to put too much water on the track incase it affected the horses when going tight round the corners and slipping.

The going on the day was officially good, good to yielding in places, this also saw the withdrawal of the Jessica Harrington trained Supasundae which saw a contest of heavyweight Grade 1 winning hurdlers reduced down to a less impressive four runner race.

Samcro

(Credit Racing Post) Gordon Elliott said: “We walked the course yesterday and walked it again today.

“They have done a great job with it in fairness as they have put a nice bit of water on it, and I’d love to have been able to run him, but for me it was just too quick going down the hill. There’s no point taking a chance – Samcro is too good a horse.”

The next step for this great horse looks to be the 2 mile Fighting Fifth at Newcastle at the start of December or if missing that, on the Sunday after that there is the Hatton Grace at Fairyhouse over half a mile longer, which could see stablemate Apple's Jade also take part.

Elliott added: "He is in the Hatton’s Grace and he is in the Fighting Fifth.

"Obviously, I will have to talk to Michael and Eddie O’Leary and see but he will probably go for one or the other."

The jockey who was supposed to be in the saddle on Supasundae, Robbie Power backed up Elliott's statement and was disappointed about the ground which saw his horse unable to take part.

(Credit Racing Post) Power said: "We fully intended to run him as he needs to get his season started, but it just felt a bit quick for him for his first run of the season.

"The Hatton's Grace is only a fortnight away, so hopefully the rain will come and he can start off there."

Free Bets & Offers


Bet £5 & Get £20 FREE BETS! 😍
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 2 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
Claim Bonus
🟠 £40 Welcome Bonus! 🟠
18+/New depositing customers on STSbet.co.uk only/11.02.20 - until further notice/First deposit min. £10/Qualifying accumulator bet with min. stake of £10 and min. 2 selections with min. odds of 1/2 (1.50) per selection/Bonus: 50% of the stake of the qualifying bet/Max bonus £40, credited once the qualifying bet has settled/Bonus wagering requirements: x6 on min. odds of 1/2 (1.50) as a single bet, or 1/2 (1.50) per selection as part of an accumulator bet. Bonus valid for any sports, for 7 days. Deposit method restrictions apply./ Full T&Cs apply/ BeGambleAware.org
Claim Bonus
🔴 Bet £10, Get £20 in free bets! 🔴
New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from acceptance (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org. 18+
Claim Bonus
🔥 BET £20 & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! 🔥
New users only. Min deposit £20. Place qualifying bets of £20 in first 7 days after deposit to unlock free bets. Free bets rewarded as 4 equal free bets that total £40. Min odds 1/1, 3+ legs & expire in 7 days. Winnings credited in cash. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
✅ BET £20 AND GET YOUR MONEY BACK IN CASH IF IT LOSES! ✅
New customers only. Deposit £20 using Debit Card or Trustly. Up to your first £20 of losses will be refunded as CASH within 24 hours of qualifying bet having been settled. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
100% Welcome Bonus Up To £50 🙌
The offer is available to new players who made their first deposit. Enter bonus code TONY50 and wager your deposit 10 times on betting markets with odds of at least 1.65 within 30 days. 18+ T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏆 £20 Risk Free First Bet - Money Back in CASH 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Betfair account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

🏆 £20 Risk Free First Bet - Money Back in CASH 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
📲 MOBILE OFFER - BET £10 & GET £40 IN FREE BETS!!!!
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🟠 Bet £10 Get £30 + £10 casino bonus! 🟠
New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply & Full T&C’s apply
Claim Bonus
BET £10 & GET A £10 FREE BET! 💪
New UK customers only. £10 Min Deposit. 100% matched free bet on your first deposit of £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bets. Debit Card deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. Full Terms apply. 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
New Customers only. Up to £100* in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5* or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £10 & Get £20 in Bonuses 🌟
18+ New Customers only. Deposit, opt in and place a £10 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive a £10 Free Sports Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days.  Plus a £10 Game Show Bonus, selected games, wager 40x to withdraw a max of £250. T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.