Samcro is aiming for the Tote Galway Plate on July 28 after recently returning to victory in Killarney.
It was the talented nine-year-old’s first success since hunting first-year swamp novices at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2020.
His runs between the two had been limited to three, being drawn in two of them – and relations with the gelding trained by Denise ‘Sneezy’ Foster believe a summer campaign could be more beneficial for Samcro, like Eddie O’Leary. , race director for Gigginstown House Stud owners, explained.
“His summer plan will be the Galway Plate. We hope he has a healthier summer and I hope his issues, whether it is bad litter or his sinuses, will be resolved,” he said. he declared.
“We just hope that by being able to train in the summer he could have a healthier summer.
“We were all happy with his run on the last day. He wouldn’t have liked the tight track, but he showed a lot of determination. I hope the next day we will see some of the old shine as well.
“The Plate will be his summer target. I don’t think there will be a race in between, unless Sneeze has other options for him.”
Meanwhile, Tiger Roll, the double hero of the Gigginstown Grand National and five-time winner of the Cheltenham Festival, is enjoying a summer vacation.
The 11-year-old was last seen finishing fourth behind Des Obeaux at the Betway Bowl in Aintree in April.
The owners steered him into Grade One rather than bidding for a record third Grand National as they weren’t happy with his handicap score.
“He’s awesome, he’s getting bigger on the pitch like he always does,” said O’Leary.
“He’s in great shape. We were disappointed, but not surprised, the handicapper didn’t reassess him down after Aintree.
“The plan is that he will have to return to the UK for a few more races at the back, which is not his time of year, and we will have the same with the handicapper about his ridiculous rating .
“What I mean is we’ve been racing for 20 years and have never asked for a horse’s rating. We never complained about a handicap rating except Tiger Roll.
“He won’t go for the National unless he has a chance. We don’t want to be forced to pull him out.”