Perfect start for Samcro

Samcro and Jack Kennedy jump the last to win

High-class bumper performer Samcro made a flying start to his career over jumps in the Buy Your 2018 Annual Badge Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown.

Trainer Gordon Elliott has made no secret of the regard in which he holds the five-year-old and he could not have been more impressive in winning National Hunt Flat races at Punchestown, Navan and Fairyhouse last season.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding, also a winning point-to-pointer, was a prohibitively priced 1-5 favourite for his first start over the smaller obstacles and having jumped well in the main under Jack Kennedy, he readily pulled 15 lengths clear of Mind's Eye.

Elliott said: "Job done – we think he's a nice horse.

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"Jack said it was pretty straightforward and he would have done as much at home on the gallop.

"He's relaxed and you could step him up in trip but he's got the pace for that (two miles).

"He's a nice horse, it's hard to know how good he is but we like him and we think the world of him.

"It'll be steady steady and he'll have one more run before Christmas I'd imagine.

"We'll have to look at something like the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse. I've said it all along, I think he's quick enough for two miles and he has the stamina to stay and step out whenever you want.

"Chasing is going to be his game, so we'll try and mind him."

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