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Elliott mulls three mile outings for SamcroPosted on Thursday 5th December 2019 @ 18.24

Trainer Gordon Elliott believes Samcro may benefit from a step up in trip to three miles.

Samcro failed to finish the 2m4f Drinmore Novice Chase on Sunday at Fairyhouse as his race came to an end two fences before the finish.

The seven-year-old was travelling well at that point, and Elliott believes a step up in trip could benefit his charge.

"He is 100 per cent and is back riding out. He is entered in all those Grade One novice chases at Christmas, at two miles, two and a half and three miles, so we'll see where we go," said Elliott. "I'll chat with the owners [Gigginstown] and see."

He added: "Obviously two out is a long way out in any race, but he looked like he was cantering at the time and I couldn't have been happier with what he had done to that point.

"He won a point-to-point and I don't think he'd have any problem going up to three miles - three miles might even suit him better because he doesn't jump bad but the other horses are gaining lengths at fences over a shorter trip. Over three miles he would be able to get into his own rhythm."

Under Elliott, the longest race Samcro has contested is 2m5f and most of his races have been over two miles.

Article Posted on Thursday 5th December 2019 @ 18.24

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