The brilliant Apple’s Jade on her way to an emphatic win at Punchestown
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Apple’s Jade will sport headgear and race over a longer trip on her next start, trainer Gordon Elliott has revealed.

The ten-time Grade One winning mare has seemed a little lack lustre in her recent runs and faded quickly in the Hatton’s Grade Hurdle at Fairyhouse, finishing a distant third to Honeysuckle, in a race she had bossed the two previous years.

Elliott said on Monday: “Apple’s Jade seemed fine this morning. We haven’t made a definite plan yet but I’d imagine she’ll probably go to Leopardstown for the Grade One [The Squared Financial] Christmas Hurdle over three miles on December 28th. She won the race last year and I haven’t given up on her yet.

“We’ll probably try her in headgear for the first time and see how things go and then review things. She hasn’t fired so far this season but she owes us nothing.”

Elliott also gave Samcro a clean bill of health after his fall, when challenging Fakir D’oudairies, in the Grade One Drinmore Novices’ Chase.

“Samcro was fine this morning. I haven’t discussed things with Michael and Eddie [O’Leary] but we’ll make a plan in the next ten days.”