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No Champion Hurdle tilt for Apple's Jade

Thomas Kelly

Published 05/11/2016 | 02:30

Trainer Gordon Elliott:
Trainer Gordon Elliott: "I’m disappointed, but the positive is we haven’t had her that long"

Gordon Elliott effectively ruled out a tilt at the Champion Hurdle with Apple's Jade after she suffered a shock defeat on her seasonal reappearance at Down Royal.

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So impressive when winning Grade One events at Aintree and Punchestown in the spring, the four-year-old was making her first start for Elliott in the WKD Hurdle following the split between Gigginstown House Stud and Willie Mullins.

The 1/2 favourite made most of the running under Ruby Walsh, but was unable to shake off her rivals and was beaten a length and a half by 10/1 shot Rashaan.

Apple's Jade was pushed out to 16/1 from 8/1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham by Paddy Power, and Elliott plans to step his filly up in distance on her next start.

He said: "I'm disappointed, but the positive is we haven't had her that long. I know she'll come on from the run, but she'll not be winning any Champion Hurdle, that's one thing I will tell you."

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