No Champion Hurdle tilt for Apple's Jade
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.
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."