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SAMCRO: Two-time Cheltenham successor back with a bang at Killarney

Samcro bounced back to form when winning at Killarney on Monday

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Samcro ridden by jockey Jack Kennedy coming home to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle during Ladies Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Dual Cheltenham Festival hero Samcro took the Grade 3 An Riocht Chase at Killarney on Monday evening and record his first win since his appearance at Prestbury Park in 2020.

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Denise Foster’s charge saw off Melon and Faugheen in a titanic renewal of the Marsh Novices’ Chase fourteen months ago.

Samcro ridden by Davy Russel (left) and Melon ridden by Mr P W Mullins during the Marsh Novices Chase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse

That was his second Gloucestershire victory having landed the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle two years before.

WATCH: IN A THRILLING FINISH, SAMCRO RUNS DOWN CILAOS EMERY AT KILLARNEY [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The son of Germany began his career in sparkling fashion, winning between the flags at Monksgrange and then subsequently purchased by Gigginstown House Stud.

Making the switch to Cullentra and Gordon Elliot, he was unbeaten in his first seven starts under rules before falling in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle when still a novice.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 15, 2018 Jack Kennedy celebrates on Shattered Love as he wins the 13:30 JLT Novices' Chase REUTERS/Darren Staples
Samcro gave Jack Kennedy one of his four winners at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

Tasked with Champion Hurdle aspirations, he endured a torrid campaign thereafter when suffering three defeats in a row but made amends on his first start over fences at Down Royal in November 2019.

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He proved a frustrating sort once again when falling in the Drinmore when travelling sweetly before being thumped by Faugheen at Limerick, but reversed that form at Cheltenham on his next start under Davy Russell.

WATCH: SAMCRO RALLIES TO SEE OFF MELON IN THE 2020 MARSH [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Kennedy, who rode Samcro to the victory for the first time in over three years, told Racing TV: “He battled very well, was very tough – and we haven’t seen that since he won the Marsh Chase in Cheltenham.

“It is great to see it.

Cheltenham Racecourse Hill and Stand
Samcro climbed the infamous Cheltenham hill on two occasions to pass the post first

“He came off the bridle early in the straight but he stuck at it very well.

“The ground is nearly yielding on the chase course, and I think better ground could suit him better again.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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