Bedrock sprung a surprise by convincingly defeating the mighty Samcro in the Grade Two WKD Hurdle at Down Royal.
Sharjah and Samcro were soon to the fore and pulled several lengths clear of Bedrock.
As the field raced down the back, there was little change in the order, with Sharjah and Samcro disputing the lead and clear of Bedrock, with Scmitz well in arrears.
With two hurdles left, the pace increased and Sharjah was under pressure, but so too was Samcro, while Bedrock closed.,
Samcro inched ahead at the second last but was immediately passed by Bedrock and the response was disappointing.
The Iain Jardine trained Bedrock, a recent Grade Three Tipperary winner, made his race-fitness tell, as, under Rachael Blackmore, he scooted clear of Samcro for an impressive victory. Samcro simply ran flat.
Bedrock has been sold to continue his career in North America, while trainer Gordon Elliott, was philosophical about Samcro’s shock reversal, the first defeat of his career over hurdles, when he has completed:
“You should never be shocked by results in racing. Obviously I’m disappointed – you always are when a good horse gets beaten – but it’s the start of the season and while we’ve lost a battle we haven’t lost the war.”
He added: “Samcro jumped well but he seemed to get a bit tired around the second-last and didn’t pick up before staying on towards the finish.
“I still have a lot of faith in the horse and I’ve no doubt he’ll come on a good bit. The winner and the third [Sharjah] were both race-fit, while our fellow hadn’t run since April.”