Brian Ellison

    It's been a mixed first half to the jump season for Brian Ellison, but with the likes of Gold Cup hopeful Definitly Red in his team, he is looking forward to a more settled and productive second half.
  • Monday 22 January 2018
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BRIAN ELLISON has proved to be a man for all seasons in the training ranks and has a healthy team of chasers and hurdlers to carry on through the National Hunt season.

The Malton handler currently has Definitly Red as his standard bearer and the winner of the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase at Aintree. He'll be looking towards a possible run in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March and will probably takes his place at Cheltenham rather than Doncaster this weekend. The weather may step in to determine where Definitly Red goes but he is one of several in the yard that gives Brian plenty of encouragements for the coming months.

Ellison said: “It has been a little up and down this season over jumps but Definitly Red has won well in top company for us and keeps the flag flying. We have a few pencilled for Cheltenham in March at this moment in time and let’s hope we have a nice team to go there.”

Brian kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can strike for him in the months to come.

All Horses

Always Resolute

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts over hurdles and currently rated 125. Finished sixth, beaten 26 lengths, to Only Orsenfoolsies at Wetherby (2m 5 1/2f) on Boxing Day off a mark of 128.

Trainer Says:

He has come back from an injury and is basically working his way back to fitness and wants better ground. He is probably too high in the weights at present but he is fine.

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Apterix (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 28 races over jumps and currently rated 141 over fences and 125 over hurdles. Best effort this term when third, beaten 17 lengths, to Vancouver in a handicap hurdle at Sedgefield (2m 4f) in October off a mark of 131.

Trainer Says:

He pulled up at Market Rasen last time but we found he had banged his knee. He is another who is too high in the weights and needs to come down a bit. He is in good form and runs at Catterick on Wednesday.

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Bal De Rio (FR)

Form Profile:

Runner-up four times and third in five runs over hurdles and currently rated 119 over hurdles. Finished runner-up, beaten four and a half lengths, to Octagon in a handicap hurdle at Sedgefield (2m 4f) on Boxing Day off a mark of 115.

Trainer Says:

He has run five times and been placed every time. He has been unlucky really and will win his races over hurdles and will win on the Flat too. He is a good sound horse and he could run at Musselburgh next.

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Ballycrystal (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 130 over fences. Finished third, beaten nine and three quarter lengths, to Keeper Hill in a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase at Doncaster (3m) in December on his latest start.

Trainer Says:

He has had a couple of runs and basically jumps well enough. He wants better ground and he won’t run again until we get it.

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Ballyvic Boru (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Brian Boru - Thedoublede (Deploy)
  • Trained by: B Ellison
  • Last Race: Market Rasen, 22 Jun 2018 15:55
  • Result: 2/9, tracked leaders, went 2nd at 8th, challenged and every chance 3 out, one pace when switched left next, ridden and kept on flat, held towards finish
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 4 starts. Made a successful debut over hurdles at Perth (2m) in July when beating Play The Game three and a quarter lengths.

Trainer Says:

He won his novice hurdle easily and had a slight injury but he is back and in full training now. He will run through the Summer and is a grand horse.

Video Form
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Bordeaux Bill (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Craigsteel - Laura Croft (Mister Lord)
  • Trained by: B Ellison
  • Last Race: Fakenham, 16 Mar 2018 16:35
  • Result: PU/6, held up towards rear, blundered 5 out, weakened before next, tailed off when pulled up after 2 out
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 8 starts and 136 over hurdles and 128 over fences. Returned to winning form with a nine length defeat of Sharp Response in a Novices’ Chase at Wetherby (3m) on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

He won his novice chase at Wetherby and he runs at Catterick this week. He has taken a couple of runs to get the hang of it but he is fine now and jumped well at Wetherby. He isn’t a bad horse, goes on any ground and is sure to win more races.

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Contre Tous (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his10 starts and currently rated 125 over fences and 121 over hurdles. Gained his last success in a handicap chase at Market Rasen (2m 1f) in April when beating Thankyou Very Much half a length off a mark of 121 when trained by Paul Nicholls.

Trainer Says:

We bought him from Paul Nicholls and he hasn’t ran for us yet but he probably starts at Musselburgh. He has been galloping nicely and is a nice horse.

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Crackdeloust (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of 13 starts and currently rated 123 over hurdles. Returned to winning form on his latest start in a handicap hurdle at Catterick (2m 3 1/2f) in January when scoring by two and a quarter lengths from Niceandeasy off a mark of 115.

Trainer Says:

I always thought he was holding something back so we stuck a pair of blinkers on him at Catterick last time and he sluiced up. He will run in the Musselburgh County Hurdle and will jump a fence in time.

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Definitly Red (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of 11 of his 22 starts and currently rated 159 over fences. Last seen out when beating Cloudy Dream in the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase at Aintree (3m 1f) in December.

Trainer Says:

He is in at Cheltenham and Doncaster and will go one way or the other. At this stage I would say he is more likely to go to Cheltenham to see if he acts around there. If he was to win or run well then he would go for the Gold Cup. If he doesn’t go to Cheltenham in March then he will wait for Aintree.

Video Form
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Forest Bihan (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 21 starts and currently rated156 over fences. Finished third, beaten 28 lengths, to Politologue in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton (2m) in December.

Trainer Says:

He needs good ground and he ran well in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton. He wants to go left handed and basically wants better ground. I know he won on heavy but it was just an ordinary race and in a better class event he needs good ground.

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Haulani (USA)

Form Profile:

Best of three effort over hurdles at Kempton (2m) in December when runner-up, beaten 10 lengths, to Redicean and currently rated 110 over hurdles.

Trainer Says:

He finished second behind a good horse at Kempton in Medicean and was a little disappointing on his handicap debut at Musselburgh last week but he looks capable of winning his races.

Video Form
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Instant Replay (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 103 over fences. Off the mark when beating Castletown a length and a half in a novices’ handicap chase at Sedgefield (2m 3 1/2f) this month off a mark of 99.

Trainer Says:

He is a really nice jumper of a fence and a big horse who was crying out to go chasing. He won nicely at Sedgefield and he will continue to do well in that sort of company.

Video Form
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It's Your Move (IRE)

Form Profile:

Placed in five of his six starts in bumpers and hurdles and currently rated 113 over hurdles. Finished third, beaten nine lengths, to Quick Pick on his latest start in a novices’ hurdle at Sedgefield on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

He is a big horse who is just a bit on the slow side and you won’t see the best of him until he jumps a fence.

Video Form
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14 Sep 2017:

Jamacho

Form Profile:

Placed in three runs over hurdles and currently rated 109 over hurdles. Finished third, beaten eight and a half lengths, to Uptown Funk in a novices hurdle at Musselburgh (1m 7 1/2f) on latest start on New Year’s Day.

Trainer Says:

He has run in his juvenile hurdles and just needs good ground. I don’t think we are making enough use of him and he wants to be making it more.

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Mahlerdramatic (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 103. Pulled up three out in a novices’ handicap chase at Wetherby (3m) on Boxing Day off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He needs to go right handed and all the jockeys thought he would get three miles but when we ran him over the trip at Wetherby he didn’t get home. We will drop him to two and a half and he runs at Musselburgh at the beginning of February.

Video Form
29 Jan 2017:
26 Dec 2016:
26 Nov 2016:

Midas Gold (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of his bumper at Southwell in August 2016 when trained by David Loder.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t run for us yet but is in full training now. He picked up an injury but is fine and is a lovely horse. He won his only start and he may end up having a Flat campaign.

Video Form
31 Aug 2016:

Nietzsche

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 27 starts and currently rated 132 over hurdles. Scored three time over hurdle last season (Catterick 2m and 2m 3 1/2f) and Market Rasen (2m 2 1/2f) and best effort when third, beaten half a length, to Flying Tiger in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) in March off a mark of 130.

Trainer Says:

He finished third in the Fred Winter last year and he has come back and had a couple of runs in good company. We are going to take the hood off him next time and see if that works. He used to be very keen which is why we put the hood on him but the jockeys think it sends him to sleep nowadays. We would be hoping he can go back to Cheltenham again.

Video Form
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Pistol Park (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 21 races and currently rated 133 over fences. Best effort this term when runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to Movie Legend at Wetherby (1m 7f) in December off a mark of 136.

Trainer Says:

He disappointed us at Haydock last time but has had his wind done since. Hopefully, he can improve for that and he’s a good jumper and likes soft ground. He is about three weeks off a run.

Video Form
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Point The Way (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 15 starts and currently rated 129 over hurdles and 119 over fences. Made a successful debut over fences in a novices’ chase at Kelso (2m 7 1/2f) in October when scoring by three and a half lengths from An Laoch.

Trainer Says:

He is basically going to develop into a good staying handicapper. He ran well for a novice when finishing third in the Durham National and he is a horse who just stays.

Video Form
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Ravenhill Road (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Exit To Nowhere - Zaffarella (Zaffaran)
  • Trained by: B Ellison
  • Last Race: Musselburgh, 4 Feb 2018 14:35
  • Result: PU/6, pressed leader, led 4th, not fluent 8th, headed narrowly next, lost place and weakening when pulled up approaching 3 out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 4 starts and currently rated 131 over hurdles. Winner of both his bumpers at Market Rasen and Doncaster last season and made a successful debut over hurdles at Sedgefield (2m 1f) in October when scoring by 23 lengths from Inniscastle Lad. Finished third, beaten three and a half lengths, to And The New in a novices’ hurdle at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

It was my fault he got beat at Doncaster as the ground was very very dead and he hadn’t run for three months. He was coughing in December and we wanted to get a run into him to see how good he was. He probably just needed the run and he might run at Catterick.

Video Form
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Sam's Adventure

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Black Sam Bellamy - My Adventure (Strong Gale)
  • Trained by: B Ellison
  • Last Race: Ayr, 30 Jan 2017 16:35
  • Result: Won/10, held up towards rear, headway before 5f out to chase leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of three of his four bumpers and scored by three lengths from Mcgowan’s Pass when gaining his last success at Ayr (2m) in January 2017.

Trainer Says:

He could be a superstar and he picked up an injury early on but is back in full training now. He has been schooled and is brilliant. He is a good horse and he will win plenty of races over hurdles.

Smart Talk (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 8 starts and currently rated 143 over hurdles. Gained her last success when beating Lily Waugh three and a quarter lengths in a Grade 2 Mares’ Hurdle at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in January 2016.

Trainer Says:

She runs at Doncaster on January 27. She has been out for a couple of years but she has done plenty of work now and is a grand mare. She will probably go novice chasing next season.

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The King Of May (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two hurdles races over two miles at Saint-Malo in June and August of last year.

Trainer Says:

He is a juvenile hurdler who we bought last year in France. He had a good break and come back and he might run at Musselburgh. I think he could be a very good horse.

Tomngerry (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 8 starts and currently rated 135 over fences and hurdles. Finished third, beaten 27 lengths, to Le Rocher at Market Rasen (2m 5 1/2f) last Wednesday.

Trainer Says:

He was disappointing at Market Rasen last week but they went no gallop and it was a very messy race. He got caught out when they quickened up and he probably just needs a stiff track to be seen at his best. He fell at Catterick previously and he just seems to have lost his confidence a little bit. He jumped ok at Market Rasen but not great and not quick enough.

Video Form
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Zaidiyn (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 25 starts and currently rated 135 over hurdles. Racing in second place when blundering badly two out when finishing fifth, beaten 13 ½ lengths, to Westend Story in a handicap hurdle at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) this month off his current mark. He probably would have finished second on his reappearance but for making a bad mistake two out.

Trainer Says:

He goes to Cheltenham on January 27 and might have an entry in the County Hurdle. On his day he is a very good horse.

Video Form
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