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Cheltenham Festival: Home where the heart is for refreshed Samcro

On the nose: Samcro (far left) just pipped Melon in a driving finish PICTURE: GETTY

GORDON ELLIOTT revealed the lengths trainers will go to in preparing their horses after a revitalised Samcro kicked off a treble for the Irishman on day three of the Festival.

Samcro (4/1) edged out Melon (14/1) by a nose in a thrilling finish to the Marsh Novices’ Chase.

Elliott said a new stable had been built for the 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner in a bid to get him back on track after a number of poor runs.

He said: ‘Samcro is one of the favourites in the yard. Obviously he was in the doldrums for a while, so to get him back and win a Grade One in Cheltenham is something else.

‘You can see how much it means to everyone in the yard. A lot of people have done a lot of work with this horse — they’ve spent day and night trying to get him right. We’ve done a lot of different things, like building him a new stable, and he’s pulled it off.

‘Everyone was knocking him, saying this and saying that. I probably even lost a bit of faith in him myself.’

Elliott was soon back in the winner’s enclosure yesterday as Sire Du Berlais (10/1) made it back-to-back victories in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He got the better of stablemate The Storyteller (11/2) by half a length to put another victory in the bag for in-form jockey Barry Geraghty and owner JP McManus.

Asked which one he was shouting for, Elliott said: ‘I didn’t care, both of them ran well and the horses are running out of their skin.’

Elliott’s third win of the day came with Milan Native (9/1) in the concluding Kim Muir Chase.