Gordon Ellioty says Apple's Jade is likely to contest the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and that may be her final race.
Elliott's charge went off as the second favourite in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran on Thursday but was pulled up by Davy Russell before the second-last flight.
Apple's Jade, who won the Grade 1 Frank Ward Memorial Hurdle at Leopardstown last month, has 17 wins in 25 races and Elliot says the eight-year-old could be retired after this year's Cheltenham Festival.
"Apple's Jade never went at all," said Elliott.
"Davy said the minute she put her foot on the track she was never going, but I've said all year that she was not working as well as last year.
"We'll have a chat with Michael and Eddie [O'Leary, the owners] and I'd imagine if she goes anywhere it will be for the Stayers' at Cheltenham and that could be her
swansong if all goes well.
"She was very good in Leopardstown and she owes us nothing."
Article Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020 @ 17.02
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