Apple's Jade to run in Irish Champion Hurdle as Gordon Elliott confirms intentions for Dublin Racing Festival
Top trainer Gordon Elliott confirmed that his star mare Apple's Jade will run in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle on February 2.
That race is the feature on the first day of the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on February 2 and 3, which features seven Grade 1 races and will showcase all the best Irish horses just five weeks before the Cheltenham Festival.
"Apples Jade is on course for the Irish Champion Hurdle, that's where we're going," said Elliott at the media launch of the Festival this morning.
"She'll do a bit of work next week and if all goes well there, we'll take on that race.
"But I still believe it will be the Mares' Hurdle for her at Cheltenham itself."
Elliott also confirmed that disappointing stable star Samcro will come back into training on Monday. "He's been on a course of anti-biotics but Samcro is almost good to go now. But it will be day by day with him. We've made no plans yet, we'll see how Samcro is when he does start real work."
Jessica Harrington's Supasundae won at the Leopardstown Dublin Racing Festival last year and will be part of the €1.75m extravaganza again.
"We will run alright, probably over two miles. But for Cheltenham itself there is still the option of going back up to three miles with him," added Harrington.
"It will depend on the ground, on soft we would go for the Champion Hurdle, a bit better ground there and we would go for the Stayers Hurdle."