Shock as Samcro downed by outsider Bedrock in WKD Hurdle

The six-year-old has long been touted as a potential superstar but couldn't see off the lower rated Bedrock in the WKD Hurdle.

Sent off the 1-4 favourite, Gordon Elliott's hotpot travelled sweetly throughout the contest, tracking market rival Sharjah with outsider Bedrock sat in third.

Approaching two out everything seemed to be going swimmingly for the jolly, with Ruby Walsh getting to work on Sharjah as Jack Kennedy sat motionless.

However, no-one had counted on Bedrock spoiling the party, and as the pair came to the last it was Iain Jardine's runner that showed the superior turn of foot.

Samcro had no answers, and the 12-1 shot went on to capture the race by a length-and-a-half.

Winning trainer Iain Jardine said: "I'm delighted with him and I just think our horse is really improving. We were fourth in the Galway Hurdle and the the Galway Hurdle winner is five lengths back in third today, so we're turned that form around.

"He won easily at Tipperary last time and didn't really have a race that day. He's had a race today, but he's up against the best of the best.

"He's been sold to race in America, but I hope he'll stay here for the time being.

"I'll have to speak to the new owners, but it would be good to keep him and aim for something like the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and if that went well you'd have to look at the Champion Hurdle.

"We'll see what happens. It's a great result today, anyway."

It's the first defeat Samcro has experienced when he's not fallen, and one that will send shock-waves around the racing world.

Connections will no doubt offer excuses but it's certainly not the start Michael O'Leary will have wanted for his exciting prospect.

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