BRIAN ELLISON can rightly be proud of his current total of 56 winners on the Flat so far this year but his attentions are more concentrated on the jumps in the next few months and he has already made a good start with eight winners from only 60 runners.
The exciting prospects Viens Chercher and Ravenhill Road gave the Malton trainer plenty to chew on when completing a double for him in eyecatching fashion at Market Rasen last Saturday and there looks plenty of "Saturday horses" amongst his team. Ellison made his name in the early part of his career turning other trainer's castoffs into winner but the nature of his jumps team has taken a different complexion these days with several young winning Irish point-to-pointers and some other untried talent from the National Hunt Sales joining some already established performers.
Brian ended last jumps season with 48 winners and £453,584 in prize money from 250 runners but there will some unlikely long faces in Spring Cottages Stables if that tally is not bettered this time around.
Brian said: "We have some really nice horses in and we have as good a team for the jumps season as I believe I had for a long time."
Brian kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his prospects for the Winter months ahead.
5 b g Refuse To Bend - Mad Annie
132 rated hurdler. Winner of one of his five races over hurdles. Scored by 13 lengths from Caged Lightning in a maiden hurdle at Catterick in December.
"He ran well in the Cesarewitch from a bad draw and we are going to go back hurdling with him now. He will probably run in a few weeks time and the ground is not an issue apart from probably heavy ground. He has improved a lot on the flat this year and hopefully he will carry on that improvement over hurdles."
6 b g Day Flight - Ohe Les Aulmes
132 rated hurdler. Finished sixth, beaten 10 lengths, to Gwafa in the Grade 3 Swinton Hurdle at Haydock (1m 7 1/2f) in May off a mark of 134 when last seen out over hurdles.
"He possibly runs in a novice chase at Ludlow on Thursday. He has schooled well and is horse with plenty of speed who won on the Flat and over hurdles. It will be nice to get the first chase out of the way and then we can male more plans. He will go on any ground apart from heavy."
5 b g Oscar - Musical Madam
Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and scored in a bumper at Doncaster in February for current stable.
"He will be ready to run in a few weeks time and has been schooled and jumps well. He could be a nice horses."
3 b g Nayef - Half Glance
Unraced. Bought out of Amanda Perrett's yard at Newmarket July Sale.
"He has never run and I bought him cheaply at the Sales. He is nicely bred and we will see how we go with him."
4 b g Daramsar - Magic Rose
Winner of a bumper in France and runner-up in a similar event at Haydock in November.
"He is a lovely horse who had one run for us last year at Haydock. Basically, he has improved and is a lot bigger. He will reappear in a two mile novice hurdle and he is something to look forward too."
7 b g Definite Article - The Red Wench
142 rated chaser. Scored by a length from Orbasa in a listed handicap chase at Ayr in April and previously runner-up to Blaklion in a Grade 2 novices chase at Wetherby and to Black Hercules in a listed novice event at Warwick.
"He runs at Carlisle on October 30 in a race for second season chasers. He is a very good horse and we will make further plans after that."
DIAMANT DE L'OUEST
3 b g Epalo - Ortezia
"He was bought at the Sales and is a nice horse that will start off in three-year-old bumpers. He has done plenty of work."
4 b g Mastercraftsman - Red Blossom
Currently rated 105 over hurdles. Winner of two of his four hurdles and scooted up by 12 lengths from Deauville Dancer in a handicap hurdle at Carlisle (2m 1f) last week.
"He won easily at Carlisle last week and is due to go back there on Thursday. His jumping at Carlisle was much improved from last year and he is a horse with plenty of ability."
EYE OF A TIGER
5 ch g Golan - Backtothekingsnest
Rated 113 over hurdles. Best effort for present connections when runner-up, beaten six lengths, to Master Jake in a handicap hurdle at Sedgefield (2m 1f) in March off a mark of 119.
"He is a horse who was very keen. He has schooled well and he will go for a novice chaser somewhere. He probably needs a sharp track. He has done plenty of work and looks the sort to improve."
FIVE IN A ROW
8 ch g Blueprint - Ela Plaisir
Rated 136 over fences and 130 over hurdles. Winner of a handicap hurdle at Hexham in October of last year and chase at Musselburgh (2m 4f) and Newcastle (2m 4f) in February. Also runner-up, beaten only eight lengths, to Ballybolley in a valuable event a Haydock (2m 4f) in March.
"Long term his aim would be the Scottish National. He will be ready to run at the end of the month and he will run in staying chases this season."
5 ch g Forestier - Katell Bihan
137 rated hurdler. Yet to score for current connections but unseated rider at the last when staying on strongly in a handicap hurdle won by L'Aigle Royal at Market Rasen on Saturday.
"He probably unlucky not to win at Market Rasen on Saturday where he unshipped his jockey at the last. He is a horse who had his wind done last year and has plenty of ability. He is a good looking horse and he is going to go novice chasing but we might give him another run in a handicap hurdle beforehand."
6 b g Mahler - High Dough
119 rated hurdler. Winner of a handicap hurdle at Sedgefield (2m 4f) in March when beating Bollin Dee a length off a mark of 113.
"He is another staying type and he won at Sedgefield and would possibly have won at Ayr when he fell three out. He has come in a bit later has he is another who has had a wind operation. He will go in three mile hurdle race and then go novice chasing."
I AM NOT HERE
5 b g Amadeus Wolf - Newgate Lodge
83 rated on the Flat and a winner twice this year at Ayr (1m 5f) in June and Haydock (1m 4f) in August.
"He has improved loads on the Flat this year and has schooled well. He is ready to run over hurdles and is in at Ludlow on Thursday but I'm no sure whether he runs yet."
4 ch g Fruits of Love - Ding Dong Belle
Runner-up in his only point-to-point in Ireland.
"He runs in a bumper at Carlisle on Thursday and is a nice horse who won't spend long in bumpers and will go over hurdles as soon as possible."
JAC THE LEGEND
7 b g Midnight Legend - Sky Burst
120 rated chaser. Winner of a handicap hurdle at Sedgefield (3m 3f) in October of last year and runner-up in his five completed chases after.
"He is a good staying chaser and he will run in the Durham National at Sedgefield on October 27. He has improved this year and has come back in looking really well."
5 ch m Mahler - Little Pearl
Winning point-to-pointer in Ireland and pulled up when odds-on for a bumper at Carlisle in March.
"She is a mare that had problems with her knees last year and she was sent to Newmarket to get them sort. We are giving her plenty of time at the moment and we will start off in a bumper again. She is a quite a nice mare."
6 br g Mahler - Image of Vermont
Winner of bumpers at Market Rasen in October and Aintree in November last year.
"He won his bumpers and he had a bit of a problem with a joint but we have sorted it and he's a lovely looking horse. He has done plenty of work and has schooled and jumps brilliant. He will start off in NH Novice Hurdles."
3 b g Poet's Voice - Ganga
Rated 86 on the Flat. A winner four times on the level this term at Nottingham (1m 2f), Beverley (1m 2f), Catterick (1m 4f) and Ayr (1m5f) latest start beating Major Mac three quarters of a length off a mark of 81.
"He is a really good Flat horse who has improved loads. He starts off in the Wensleydale Hurdle at Wetherby and loves soft ground."
6 gr g Oscar - Blossom Rose
125 rated chaser. Winner over hurdles at Kelso and Hexham last season and fourth to Amilliontimes in a novice handicap chase at Carlisle (2m 5f) last week.
"We started him off last week in a chase and he ran well. He was just short of a run and we will step him up in trip and then take from there. He will win his races."
4 b f Jeremy - Prakara
119 rated hurdler. Prolific winning filly who gained her latest success when beating Floral Fantasy two and three quarter lengths in a mares handicap hurdle at Galway (2m 1/2f) in July off a mark of 108
"She is a grand mare who has three times over hurdles for us and also on the Flat. She has had a holiday and it will be more of the same with her."
4 ch g Lucarno - Persian Walk
Unplaced when favourite for his only bumper at Catterick in February.
"He is a horse that had a few problems last year but is fine now and has done plenty of work. He needs decent ground and we have just given him time to mature. There is every possibility he will run in a bumper where there is some decent ground."
5 b g Poliglote - Pistolera
112 rated chaser. Comfortable winner of a novices' chase at Hexham (1m 7 1/2f) in June.
"He is a lovely horse who needs soft ground and won well at Hexham. I gave him a break as he's a proper soft ground horse and he is ready to rock and roll again now. He will go wherever there is plenty of cut in the ground."
POINT THE WAY
5 br g Brian Boru - Caslain Og
131 rated hurdler. Winner of three of his four starts over hurdles. Successful at Sedgefield, Catterick and Market Rasen.
""He will set off in a hurdle race at Sedgefield and then will go novice chasing. He will start over two and a half miles but he stays well and will get further."
5 ch g Exit To Nowhere - Zaffarella
Winning point-to-pointer in Ireland who scored by 14 lengths from Temple Man in a bumper at Market Rasen (2m 1/2f) last Saturday.
"He's a machine and he won very well despite running green. He showed a lot of speed for horse that needs three miles but he had been working with all the best horse and it wasn't a surprise the way he won. He'll have another run before Christmas and then will go hurdling."
3 ch g Rip Van Winkle - Apache Dream
"He is a horse we bought cheaply out of Marco Botti's and he has been gelded have given him plenty of time. He's a well bred horse and a half brother to Hall of Mirrors who was a Group 3 winner for Aidan O'Brien."
4 b g Black Sam Bellamy - My Adventure
Winner of both of his bumpers at Wetherby in February and Newbury in March.
"I think he's another really good horse and he won both his bumpers last year. He wants soft ground and if it soft at Cheltenham he will go there."
5 b g Azamour - Chifney Rush
104 rated Flat performer. Runner-up three times this season including in the Northumberland Plate and when beaten a nose by Justice Belle in a listed event at Newmarket (2m) in September.
"He is staying on the Flat and will go for the November Handicap. He is listed class on the flat at least and we won't go jumping with him yet."
3 b f Rail Link - Casual
"She is a nicely bred filly we bought at Newmarket as a Juddmonte cast off. She could be one for a junior bumper is everything falls into place for her."
7 b g Dansili - Indication
Rated 100 on the Flat and unplaced in six runs for current stable on the level this season.
"He has been well schooled and is going to go hurdling. He is a horse with plenty of ability and probably just too high on the Flat.
4 ch g Dutch Art - Entreat
79 rated on the Flat a winner at Newcastle (1m 2f) in June off 72.
"He is not in yet but is coming in soon and is going to go hurdling. He wants soft ground and he got jarred up in the Ladies Derby at the Curragh in July. He has a decent turn of foot and could be an interesting recruit to hurdling."
THE GREY TAYLOR
7 gr g Royal Anthem - Penny Tan
Winner of three of his 16 starts under NH Rules. Better effort this season in a handicap chase at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) last week when unplaced but beaten only nine and a half lengths to Lord Wishes off his current mark of 134.
"He had his wind done and needs time but he will win races over two miles."
4 b f Tikkanen - La Fille D'Or
"She is a nice filly we bought last year but she has come in now and I am pleased with her. She has done plenty of work and isn't far off a run . She will run in bumpers."
6 b g Craigsteel - Lady Vic
135 rated hurdler. Winner of both his bumper at Sedgefield in December and Catterick in January before winning novice hurdles at Wetherby and Newcastle in February. Pulled up final start in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices Hurdle at Aintree.
"He is a bit behind the others in the yard as he has had a long holiday but he did well last year. He will probably start him over hurdles and then go chasing. He should make a useful novice chaser and we are looking forward to him going over fences."
5 b g Milan - La Zingarella
134 rated hurdler. Winner of three of his 13 starts. Made an impressive debut over fences at Market Rasen (2m 1f) last Saturday when making all and jumping like a stag to beat the odds-on Blue Heron eight lengths.
"He is class and for a novice he is just a fantastic jumper. It is too early to say where we go next but I think he is a very good horse."
NIETZSCHE - improver on the flat that has deep ground hurdle winner stamped all over him.
RAVENHILL ROAD - mind boggling bumper win at Market Rasen last Saturday that set the pulse racing.
SAM'S ADVENTURE - winner of both his bumpers and soon to start on his hurdling career.
SUITOR - jarred up on the Flat in July but another who will relish soft ground over hurdles.
TOMNGERRY - looks a top novice chaser in the making.
VIENS CHERCHER - made an exhilarating start to his chase career at Market Rasen and more to come.