Last weekend didn’t get off to the best start for Gordon Elliott, the highly touted Samcro was somewhat put in his place by reigning champion hurdler Buveur D’Air at Newcastle, but the Meath trainer roared back on Sunday, recording a four-timer at his local track Fairyhouse.

The pick of the four winners was undoubtedly Apple’s Jade who not only won her third Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, but trounced a quality field in doing so. It was 20 lengths back to the runner-up Supasundae, who simply couldn’t live with the mare. Owner Michael O’Leary was on hand to see Apple’s Jade, who at the age of six, was remarkably emulating the brilliant mare Solerina and Limestone Lad, by winning this race for a third time.