For the highly industrious Brian Ellison all seasons runs into one and whether it's jumpers or flat horses this skilful handler has shown he can get the very best out the horses that are sent his way.
The jumps season is where Brian's focus is held for the present and there are some quality performers amongst his team with Definitly Red, Smart Talk and Totalize having their sights set on Cheltenham in March.
The Malton handler will be ploughing his usual winning seams at the likes of Sedgefield, Hexham, Carlisle, Doncaster and other venues south of the Trent will not escape his gaze when deemed appropriate. With 32 winners and over £223,000 in prize he is only three short of his total of 35 winners for the whole of last season and it's looks a halcyon season for Ellison.
Brian said "We are having a good season with some nice horses and plenty to look forward too in the coming months. We have a hard working team and the dividends are there for all to see."
Brian kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of those he hopes to see in action over the jumps and on the AW in the near future.
5 b g Refuse To Bend - Mad Annie
Winner of one of his two starts over jumps. Easy 13 length victor from Caged Lightning at Catterick (1m 7 1/2f) in December and clear when falling at the last there last week.
"He fell at the last at Catterick last week when 15 lengths clear and he's a very good horse. He is very useful and he was fine after the race - Danny just went for a big one at the last and hopefully it was only a blip. He goes to Musselburgh now on February 7."
4 b f Jeremy - Love In May
Runner-up in four of her six starts from 7f to a mile. Currently rated 65 on the Flat.
"He has just come back into training and she is a big mare - about 17 hands. I like her a lot and she will learn a lot from last year. Hopefully she will be a nice mare this season."
6 b g Day Flight - Ohe Les Aulmes
Winner of five of his 18 starts, Currently rated 88 on the Flat and 120 over hurdles. Unplaced to Kings Bayonet on his reappearance at Huntingdon (2m) in January.
"He has won over hurdles and on the flat and he won the ladies race at York in June. He needed the run at Huntingdon on his reappearance and goes to Musselburgh on February 7. The ground may be softer than ideal but he's in good fettle."
3 b f Kheleyf - Markova's Dance
Winner of one of her 9 starts. Successful in a 5f maiden at Catterick in August. Currently rated 71 on the Flat.
"She is back in training now and has grown a little and done well. She is hard and tough and had plenty of runs. There is no reason why she can't go and win a few this year."
5 b g Oscar - Musical Madam
Winner of one of his three point-to-points in Ireland in October.
"He hasn't run yet for us and he could go to Musselburgh on February 8. We are waiting for better ground for him and he's a nice horse who has done everything right."
BAR DE LIGNE
10 b g Martaline - Treekle Toffee
Winner of six of his 30 races. Scored last success in a handicap chase at Market Rasen (2m 5 1/2f) in June when beating Harrys whim a neck off a mark of 127. Currently rated 129 over fences.
"He wants good ground and he's had a bit of a break and come back in now. He's a Summer jumping horse really and likes going right handed."
6 b g Cape Cross - Aquarelle Bleue
Winner of five of his 21 starts. Successful at Galway (7f) in August when beating Pintura a neck off a rating of 99. Currently rated 106.
"He seems to like Galway and has a good break. He will be back in training next month and we will follow a similar sort of campaign with him."
4 b f Bushranger - Silent Secret
Winner of two of her 8 starts. Successful at Southwell (6f) in December and January, Scored by a length and a quarter from Alpha Tauri off a mark of 64 on latter occasion. Currently rated 60 on the turf and 64 on the AW>
"She seems to have taken a liking to Southwell and has won her last two there. She is a tough filly who battles and doesn't mind the kickback. She could run again on Tuesday."
6 b g Danroad - Demeter
Winner of two of his 20 starts. Successful on the snow at St Moritz last year when trained by Ollie Stevens. Currently rated 74.
"He is a fun horse for the lads and he ran well enough last time from a bad draw. He is solid and tough and should go and win his races."
4 b g Kheleyf - Kool Acclaim
Winner of two of his 11 starts. Scored by three and a quarter lengths from Rita's Boy on his reappearance at Ripon (5f) last April and much better form after in listed and Group company. Currently rated 103.
"He improved loads last year and is rated 103. He ran well in some good races and has had a good break and just come in. We will look to do the same again with him and he should be ready to run in April onwards,"
5 b g Mastercraftsman - Pitrizzia
Winner of one of his 18 starts. Runner-up, beaten a neck, to My Painter on his second outing over hurdles at Musselburgh (1m 7 1/2f) in January.
"He ran well last time when finishing second at Musselburgh. We are just waiting for some nice ground and he is a good fun horse."
7 ch g Definite Article - The Red Wench
Winner of six of his 11 starts. Highly creditable effort when runner-up, beaten only two and three quarter lengths, to the odds-on Black Hercules in a listed novices chase at Warwick (3m) on Saturday.
"He is a top class chaser and ran a cracking race at Warwick on Saturday. He will be entered in the RSA and the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and he could run at Wetherby next month."
8 gr g Fair Mix - Ardentinny
Winner of three of his 25 starts. Successful in a selling hurdle at Market Rasen (2m 1/2f) in August and a Claiming Hurdle at Huntingdon (2m) in November. Currently rated 115 over hurdles.
"He has won two this season and is a good fun horse for the lads to ride. He will always win down in his grade."
FIVE IN A ROW
8 ch g Blueprint - Ela Plaisir
Winner of four of his 12 starts. Scored by three quarters of a length from What A Steel in a handicap hurdle at Hexham (2m 7 1/2f) in October off a mark of 125. Currently rated 127 over hurdles.
"He won at Hexham first time out and you can forget about his run at Musselburgh next time. He really needs a test of stamina and good ground."
5 b g Forestier - Katell Biahan
Winner of one of his 7 starts. Successful in France and creditable effort at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in December when fourth, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Minstrels Gallery off his current mark of 140.
"He ran well first time out and then disappointed at Ascot but I'm not sure he wants to go right-handed. He goes to Catterick at the end of the month and I think he's a lot better horse than he's shown so far. I think he's just taken time to settle in since coming from France."
6 b g Mahler - High Dough
Favourite when fifth of 12 in a bumper at Musselburgh in January.
"He ran at Musselburgh but we made too much use of him but he is a nice horse and we will try and drop him in next time. He goes to Sedgefield at the end of the month or over hurdles at Musselburgh."
IT'S A MANS WORLD
10 b g Kyllachy - Exhibitor
Winner of 12 of his 78 starts. Beaten a short head by Clock On Tom in a claiming hurdle at Huntingdon (2m) in November. Currently rated 116.
"He is a solid good fun horse and the conditionals usually ride him. He is a very good jumper and he just wants better ground. He wins his share."
JAC THE LEGEND
7 b g Midnight Legend - Sky Burst
Winner of two of his 15 starts. Runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Gonalston Cloud in a handicap chase at Catterick at the end of December off a mark of 110. Faller on his return to that course in January. Rated 113 over fences and 110 over hurdles.
"He was unlucky at Catterick last week as he jumped the fence and then just go stuck in the mud and came down. He stays all day and jumps a fence well and he will probably be entered for the Eider."
5 b g Craigsteel - Wee Mo
No wins from five runs but has shown promise. Currently rated 108 over hurdles.
"He hasn't done it yet but will do. The jockeys keep thinking he wants farther but for me he wants two miles and decent ground. He's quite well handicapped and I can't see why he shouldn't win races."
6 br g Mahler - Image of Vermont.
Winner of his last two bumpers at Market Rasen in October and Aintree in November.
"He has won his last two bumpers and we will probably wait for March to go hurdling. He will make a good hurdler and is a good horse."
6 b g Invincible Spirit - Bluebell Park
Winner of four of his 22 races. Last success at Market Rasen in August when beating Gurka Brave two and a quarter lengths off a mark of 130. Currently rated 138.
"He is just having a break and waiting for good ground. He is a solid 90 odd rated Flat horse and 138 over hurdles. He runs well in good races."
4 gr f Bushranger - Remiss
Winner of two of her 15 starts, Runner-up in two starts over hurdles at Catterick (1m 7 1/2f) failing by six lengths behind the odds-on Pemba there last week.
"She ran well at Catterick last week but the ground was just too soft for her. She doesn't mind a bit of cut but it was very deep ground. She tries her heart out and she willl definitely win races over hurdles."
6 gr g Oscar - Blossom Rose
Winner of three of his 7 starts. Runner-up, beaten four lengths, to Isaacstown Lad in a handicap hurdle at Haydock (2m 7f) in December off a mark of 124. Currently rated 128 over hurdles.
"He is solid performer and I love this horse. He will make a decent novice chaser next year. He runs at Musselburgh on February 7 and is a real nice horse."
4 ch g Lucarno - Persian Walk.
"He is just a young horse who hasn't run yet. He's not far off a run and will be entered up in the next month."
POINT THE WAY
5 br g Brian Boru - Caslain Og
Winner of two of his 4 starts. Bumper winner who made an impressive debut over hurdles at Sedgefield (2m 4f) on Boxing Day when beating Good Vibration 10 lengths.
"He is a real nice horse and he won easily on his hurdling debut. He runs at Musselburgh or Market Rasen next month. He is a real solid horse and I like him a lot."
7 b g Kayf Tara - Titanic Quarter
Winner of two of his 12 starts. Runner-up beaten six lengths, to Hester Flemen in a beginners chase at Catterick (3m 1f) in December, Currently rated 128 over fences and hurdles.
"He run at Sedgfield at the end of the month over three miles two. He didn't get the best of runs first time over fences but did much better last time. He will definitely win his races and will make a nice staying chaser next year."
4 b/br f Royal Applause - Step This Way
Winner of one of her 15 starts on the Flat. Unraced over hurdles.
"She hasn't run yet but has schooled and has done everything right. She is ready to run and we are just waiting for better ground. She is in at Market Rasen this week but we will have to see what the ground is like."
4 b g Multiplex - No Page
Winner of three of his 11 starts. Successful at Southwell (1m) Carlisle (7f) and Doncaster (7f) last season. Currently rated 73 on the Flat.
"He hasn't run for me yet but he won at three on the Flat last year. He has schooled well and if he doesn't stay he will go back on the Flat. He's a nice horse."
ROCK ON BOLLINSKI
6 b g Bollin Eric - Bred For Pleasure
Winner of two of his 17 starts. Successful in handicaps at Redcar (1m 6f) and Newcastle (2m) in the Autumn. Currently rated 70 on the Flat.
"He has done well and won a couple for us last year. He has been schooled up and will have a try over hurdles. He had a bit of a break but is cantering away now."
4 b g Black Sam Bellamy - My Adventure
"He is another young horse and he looks pretty solid. I can't see why he won't win races."
8 b g Key of Luck - Imdina
Winner of five of his 30 starts. Dual purpose performer who gained his last success over hurdles at Towcester (2m) in October off a mark of 114. Rated 121 over hurdles and 73 on the Flat.
"He has won five for us and runs at Musselburgh next month. He is a solid handicapper and he will jump a fence. He will win more races."
6 b m Hubby Bubbly - Belon Breeze
Winner of three of her 6 starts. Has improved this season and made all to beat Sunshine Corner in a listed mares event at Haydock (2m 3f) in December. Currently rated 132 over hurdles.
"She has been one of the stars in the yard and she runs in the mares hurdle at Doncaster at the end of the month. What you see is what you get with her and she's solid and runs her heart out and jumps for fun. She goes to Cheltenham for the Mares Novices Hurdle."
3 b f Big Bad Bob - Montbretia
Best effort in four runs when runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to Feelin Dicky at Southwell (5f) in November. Currently rated 60.
"She runs at Southwell on Tuesday and ran well in her first handicap there. She probably didn't stay so we are dropping her back to seven furlongs and, hopefully, she will run well."
THE GREY TAYLOR
7 gr g Royal Anthem - Penny Tan
Winner of three of his 12 starts. Easy 10 lengths victor from Silk Hall in a beginners chase at Carlisle (2m) in October. Beaten only a length and a quarter when third to Baltimore Rock in a novices' handicap chase at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) off his current mark of 136.
"He has taken to fences well and is just crying out for some decent ground. Even though he didn't get beaten very far, Richard Johnson thought the ground wasn't right for him. We are waiting for decent ground and he's in a Doncaster at the end of the month."
4 b g Westerner - Lost Link
Unplaced when co-favourite for a bumper at Worcester in October
"He ran once and ran very green. He is back in and he will run next month. He works ok and I don't see why he can't win races."
6 b g Craigsteel - Lady Vic
Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and bumpers at Sedgefield in December and Catterick last week in his only three starts.
"He is a good horse and ran three times and won three. He might go to Newbury for a listed race or we might send him hurdling but whatever he does he is useful."
7 b g Authorized - You Too
Winner of five of his 23 starts. Creditable fifth, beaten seven and three quarter lengths, to Old Guard off a mark of 132 in the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) in November. Currently rated 135 over hurdles.
"He goes to Cheltenham for the County Hurdle. I don't know if he will run beforehand but he's better fresh anyway."
5 b g Milan - La Zingarella
Winner of novice hurdles at Sedgefield (2m 1f) in August and Market Rasen (2m 1/2f) in September. Pulled up in a Grade 2 Novices Hurdle at Warwick (2m 5f) on Saturday. Currently rated 137 over hurdles.
"He is a very good horse but simply hated the ground when pulled up in a Grade 2 race at Warwick on Saturday. He will make a top class novice chaser next year."
3 b c Canford Cliffs - Venetian Rhapsody
Winner of one of his 9 starts. Off the mark at Wolverhampton this month when beating Frivolous Prince a length and a half off a mark of 59. Currently rated 62.
"He was bought with juvenile hurdling in mind and he is a big horse who stays well. He will win more races."
6 b g Zamindar - Zainta
Winner of three of his 17 races. Best effort this term when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Baby King off a mark of 130 at Haydock (1m 7 1/2f) in November. Currently rated 134 over hurdles.
"He is a lovely horse but he drives you mad as he has so much ability. He would have gone close to winning last time if he hadn't missed out at the last. He is well capable of winning off his mark."
ALWAYS RESOLUTE - unlucky not to make it two out of two over hurdles at Catterick last week when falling at the last and can soon make amends.
DEFINITLY RED - highly creditable effort at Warwick at the weekend and looks sure to win more good races.
OSCAR BLUE - looks the sort to progress further over hurdles and when sent chasing.
SMART TALK - on the up and plenty more Graded races to be won with her.
THE GREY TAYLOR - could come into his own on the decent Spring ground over fences.
TOMNGERRY - unbeaten in three races and fancied to carry on the good work.