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Apple's Jade and Samcro among Elliott big guns set to star at Navan

Five-time Grade 1 winner Apple's Jade is set to make her reappearance in the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on Sunday. 

It promises to be a key day for trainer Gordon Elliott who will also give a second hurdles start to the unbeaten Samcro, who is as short as 4-1 favourite for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The winner of seven of her 11 races, Apple's Jade was twice successful at Grade 1 level as a juvenile when trained by Willie Mullins and the Gigginstown House Stud-owned mare rattled off three top-level wins over two and a half miles last season.

Confirming the five-year-old an intended runner in the 2m4f Lismullen Hurdle, Gordon Elliott said on Thursday: "Apple's Jade worked this morning and went well. She seems in good form and is good to go on Sunday."

Apple's Jade landed the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse and the OLBG Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival before rounding off her campaign with a 14-length win in the Mares Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown festival in April.

Elliott and Gigginstown account for five of the nine entries in the Grade 3 For Auction Novice Hurdle on the Navan card and the exciting Samcro, unbeaten in three bumpers last season and an impressive 15-length winner on his debut over hurdles at Punchestown last month, is among them.

"The plan is to run Samcro and maybe one or two others in the For Auction. Samcro came out of his Punchestown win in good form and we're looking forward to Sunday," Elliott said.

 

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