Michael O’Leary’s racing operation have been lucky enough to own some great champions down the years, Gold cup winners War of Attrition and Don Cossack, as well as 2016 Grand National Winner Rule the World.

The vibe from everyone connected with Gigginstown and Gordon Elliott’s yard suggests that novice hurdler Samcro is a bit special.

So far, he has proved his connections right, with five wins out of five. His latest win last Sunday at Navan was his most impressive to date and his first graded win. He makes it look very easy and the reason for that? A high cruising gear and great power from his hind legs. His trainer Gordon Elliott has stated that 2 ½ miles will be Samcro’s best trip for the foreseeable future and if he lives up to hype he could be the next Don Cossack for his owners. 

All roads lead to Cheltenham for this very exciting horse, their probably will be an outing at Christmas to Leopardstown before being put away for the greatest show on earth, the Cheltenham Festival. He may well be going across the Irish sea as one of the Irish bankers of the week. 

I for one cannot wait to see him run again.

Article by Jamie Lindsay.