Samcro ruled out of Naas Grade 1 on Sunday following dirty scope
The unbeaten Samcro will miss the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle on Sunday after scoping dirty on Wednesday and will instead be targeted at next month's Dublin Racing Festival.
The six-year-old began the day as Paddy Power's 4-9 favourite for the first Grade 1 of the year in Ireland but was soon eased to 4-6 and was trading at 15-8 by 3pm, suggesting that something was amiss with the son of Germany.
Next Destination had assumed 4-7 favouritism for the Naas feature and light was shed on Samcro's drift at 3.45pm when Eddie O'Leary confirmed to the Racing Post that Gigginstown's most prized possession had not scoped 100 per cent and would be missing his intended target at Naas.
O'Leary said: "Samcro did not scope 100 per cent earlier today and won't be running at Naas. It's a shame as we had that race in mind for some time, but it's just one of those things and it could be worse. He'll be fine."
He added: "We'll now aim him at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown. I think that weekend is a tremendous initiative and hopefully all the best horses will show up."
Elliott has two Grade 1 options for Samcro during the Dublin Racing Festival – the Deloitte Novice Hurdle (2m) or the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle (2m6f) – and both are under consideration.
The trainer said: "Samcro scoped a little bit dirty. It's nothing serious. We just could not take the chance with him, so he won't be running at Naas.
"We will now aim him at the Dublin Racing Festival and we'll look at both the two Grade 1s for him and see which one suits best."