It was another Sunday to savour for Gordon Elliott at Navan. It’s as he helped himself to a 73-1 four-timer thanks to the victories of Death Duty, Automated, Glenloe and Samcro.
6-4 shot Death Duty won the Grade 2 Navan Novice Hurdle under Bryan Cooper and is now 5-2 favourite for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. Samcro landing the Listed Future Champions Flat Race under Jamie Codd. He was returned the 1-3 favourite.
Automated won the Tara Handicap Hurdle under Bryan Cooper at odds of 8-1 and Elliott’s other winner was 6-4 favourite Glenloe in the John Lynch Carpets Maiden Hurdle under Barry Geraghty. Leading King George fancy Coneygree has been ruled out of the St Stephen’s Day showpiece after failing to sparkle in a gallop yesterday.
The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, who was as short as 9-2 for the King George, was reported to be “not 100 per cent” by Sara Bradstock, wife of trainer Mark Bradstock.
Last year’s King George hero Cue Card is now an odds-on favourite.