Samcro has been described as ‘very doubtful’ for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham after suffering a disappointing defeat at Leopardstown, the Daily Mail report.

Gordon Elliott-trained Samcro put in a tiring performance in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown, finishing fifth in a six horse field, eight lengths behind eventual winner Sharjah.

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Samcro, who is owned by the Gigginstown Stud of Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, was regarded as a superstar after making it eight races unbeaten in last year’s Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

However, the six-year-old has failed to win any of his previous four races, including the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle behind Buveur D’Air.

And talking recently, racing manager for Gigginsgtown, Eddie O’Leary, admitted Samcro is doubtful for the Champion Hurdle, claiming Samcro will go to the vets for a ‘MOT’.

It clearly wasn’t Samcro’s running. I’d say he’s very doubtful for the Champion Hurdle. We’ll try to get him back right first. The rest of the season doesn’t bother us. We’ll try to find out what’s amiss.

The Samcro of today and his last run is nothing near the Samcro we had last season. He’ll go to the vets for a MOT. If we don’t find something wrong we’re all in trouble.