Gordon Elliott racehorse trainer
Gordon Elliott racehorse trainer :-
Gordon Elliott (born March 2, 1978) is a National Hunt racehorse trainer located in County Meath. Tiger Roll, ridden by Davy Russell and owned by Gigginstown House Stud, won the Grand National twice in 2018 and 2019. With General Principle, he also won the Irish Grand National in 2018. He was the top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival on two occasions, in 2017 and 2018.
After an image appeared of Elliott sitting on a dead horse during his gallops in 2019, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board issued a twelve-month suspension (with six months suspended) on Elliott in March 2021.
Information about Gordon Elliott / Gordon Elliott racehorse trainer
Gordon Elliott began his racing career as a youngster, working weekends and school vacations for Tony Martin. He became a prolific rider both in the point-to-point field and on the racetrack after obtaining his amateur rider’s license at the age of 16. On the racetrack, he rode 46 winners, the highlight of which being his victory in the Punchestown Champion Bumper in 1998 on the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained King’s Road. He also rode for Martin Pipe as an amateur.
After retiring from riding at the end of 2005, he focused on his new profession as a trainer the following year. Gordon Elliott shot to fame after training Silver Birch (Robbie Power) to victory in the Aintree Grand National in 2007, a feat made all the more amazing by the fact that he had yet to train a winner in Ireland at the time. Gordon had five wins in the United Kingdom before achieving success in the United States.
In March 2016, Don Cossack (Bryan Cooper) earned him another big victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and in June of the same year, Commissioned (Adam Kirby) won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot. Labaik (Jack Kennedy), Apple’s Jade (Bryan Cooper), and Tiger Roll (Lisa O’Neill) all won on the first day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, giving Gordon a triple. For the first time in 2017, Gordon was the leading trainer at the Festival, with six wins. The next year, he was the leading trainer once more, with a record-equaling (at the time) eight victories.
During the 2016/2017 season, Gordon came within a whisker of winning his first National Hunt trainers’ championship. While he didn’t win the championship until the last day of the season, he did match Willie Mullins’ total of 193 victories, which was a record for the most of winners in a season (at the time) set in 2012/2013.
When Moonday Sun, ridden by Davy Russell, won at Punchestown on May 31, 2017, it was claimed that Gordon had trained his 1,000th winner on the racetrack. On July 1, 2017, Gordon won his first Group race on the Flat when the Declan McDonogh-trained Beckford won the Group 2 Gain Railway Stakes at the Curragh.
At the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse, Gordon became the first trainer to win all three Grade 1 races on the card. He won the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle with Mengli Khan (Jack Kennedy), the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle with Apple’s Jade (Jack Kennedy), and the Drinmore Novice Chase with Death Duty on Sunday, December 3, 2017. (Davy Russell).
On Easter Monday, April 2, 2018, Gordon won the most valuable race on the Irish calendar when General Principle, ridden by JJ Slevin, won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. It was his first victory in the competition.
Gordon achieved a new record (at the time) of 194 winners in a season with a triple at Downpatrick on Sunday, March 25, 2018. On Easter Monday, April 2, 2018, he became the first trainer to win 200 races in a National Hunt season when the Declan Lavery-trained Portnablagh won the Cork & Waterford Mares’ Point-To-Point INH Flat Race at Cork. He finished the season with 210 victories, two fewer than champion trainer Willie Mullins, who set a new high of 212.
Gordon’s second victory in the Aintree Grand National came on Saturday, April 14, 2018, when Tiger Roll won under Davy Russell. The next year, Tiger Roll and Russell won the event again, cementing their place in Grand National history. Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 to win the event back-to-back. Elliott had just won his 50th Grade 1 race the day before when the Jack Kennedy-trained Felix Desjy won the Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree.
Gordon’s total number of wins at the Cheltenham Festival increased to 32 in 2020 when he saddled seven winners.
Elliott was betrothed to Annie Bowles, a great point-to-point rider, with whom he founded Cullentra House Stables.  Bowles married Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander after the couple divorced.
Cheltenham winners (32)
- Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle – (2) Samcro (2018), Envoi Allen (2020)
- Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase – (1) The Storyteller (2018)
- Champion Bumper – (2) Fayonagh (2017), Envoi Allen (2019)
- Cheltenham Gold Cup – (1) Don Cossack (2016)
- Coral Cup – (2) Carlito Brigante (2011), Diamond King (2016)
- David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle – (1) Apples Jade (2017)
- Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle – (3) Flaxen Flare (2013), Veneer of Charm (2018), Aramax (2020)
- Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup – (2) Cause of Causes (2016), Milan Native (2020)
- Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – (3) Cause of Causes (2017), Tiger Roll (2018, 2019)
- Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – (2) Champagne Classic (2017), Blow By Blow (2018)
- National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup – (4) Chicago Grey (2011), Cause of Causes (2015), Tiger Roll (2017), Ravenhill (2020)
- Pertemps Final – (3) Delta Work (2018), Sire Du Berlais (2019, 2020)
- Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – (1) Labaik (2017)
- Triumph Hurdle – (2) Tiger Roll (2014), Farclas (2018)
- Golden Miller Novices’ Chase – (1) Samcro (2020)
- Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase – (1) Chosen Mate (2020)
- JLT Novices Chase – (1) Shattered Love (2018)