Gordon Elliott Stable Tour

    Being top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival and finishing a close second in the Irish title meant the master of Cullentra House enjoyed a brilliant 2016/17 and here he gives us the lowdown on his ever-growing yard which contains an abundance of well-bred and promising young horses.
  • Friday 06 October 2017
  • Stable Tours

Very few National Hunt trainers in Ireland have climbed the ranks as quickly as Gordon Elliott. Having burst onto the scene by saddling Silver Birch to win the Grand National at Aintree in 2007, at which point he had not trained a single winner in Ireland, he was firmly established as a top five trainer by 2010/11.

Quite remarkably, last season saw him dethrone Willie Mullins as the leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival and came within a whisker of toppling him in the race for Champion National Hunt Trainer in Ireland.

Having established a lucrative partnership with the powerful Gigginstown House Stud, Elliott has an abundance of well-bred and promising young horses to go to war with in 2017/18, and he spoke to Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to tell us about them and the rest of his stable stars.

Older Horses

A Toi Phil (FR)

Form Profile:

A 159-rated chaser, he gained his third Grade 2 success over fences in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park in September.

Trainer Says:

I’d say the second-season novice chase at Down Royal on November 4th looks to be the right race for his next run. After that we’ll just pick and choose our spots with him and try to win as many races as possible. I’m not convinced three miles is his trip, he could be more of a two-and-a-half mile horse.

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Apple's Jade (FR)

Form Profile:

A 154-rated hurdler, she made a successful transition to open company after joining Elliott last season, winning the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December, the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Mares Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

We’ll probably start her off in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on November 12th. I’d say she’ll have a similar sort of campaign to last season. We’ll look at the Hatton’s Grace after Navan and then will aim her towards the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Blow By Blow

Form Profile:

He was one of the leading bumper performers of 2015/16 when trained by Willie Mullins, winning three times including the Punchestown Champion Bumper. He missed last season due to injury.

Trainer Says:

He’s back cantering and hopefully he’ll be out this side of Christmas for a maiden hurdle. He’ll probably start off over two-and-a-half miles and is probably more of a stayer in the making.

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Campeador (FR)

Form Profile:

A 145-rated hurdler, he only had three starts for Elliott, but looked set to go very close in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival only to fall at the final hurdle in 2016 and was sure to make a winning reappearance in a valuable handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse last December only to fall at the last hurdle once again.

Trainer Says:

We’re hoping to start him back at Punchestown in a winners’ hurdle on October 18th. He looks like he’s a good horse and has a massive engine when he’s on song. He just hasn’t had any luck so far.

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Cracking Smart (FR)

Form Profile:

Finished second in a maiden hurdle at Naas prior to easily winning a bumper at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’ll start off in a maiden hurdle in the next two or three weeks. He won his bumper well and is probably more of a big staying chaser for next year.

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Death Duty

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou - Midnight Gift (Presenting)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 26 Dec 2017 14:20
  • Result: F/5, soon raced in 4th, left 3rd from 5th, pushed along to chase winner approaching straight, soon dropped to 3rd and no impression, fell last
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Form Profile:

A 146-rated hurdler, he was a Grade 1-winning novice hurdler last season and made a winning chasing debut at Tipperary in October.

Trainer Says:

I didn’t think he did anything majorly wrong at Tipperary, he just made a mistake at the last. If he’d have jumped that well, he probably would have won easily and everyone would have been delighted, but he didn’t. He’ll probably go to the Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown next month and then go to the Drinmore at Fairyhouse from there all being well. I think he’ll be versatile with regard to ground as long as it isn’t rattling fast.

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Empire Burleque

Form Profile:

Won a point-to-point at Ballindenisk in December and a bumper at Fairyhouse in February.

Trainer Says:

He’ll start off in a maiden hurdle in the coming weeks. He’s a nice horse that won his bumper at Fairyhouse in good style and he shows a lot of pace. He should stay alright, but he has class. I think he’s nice.

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Empire Of Dirt (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 166-rated chaser, he won the Troytown Chase at Navan and finished a close second in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in his first season for Elliott in 2016/17.

Trainer Says:

He was a bit later coming back in and he probably won’t be back out until Christmas. He’s a talented horse, but he’s not easy to train.

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Labaik (FR)

  • 7-y-o; gelding
  • Breeding: Montmartre - Avanguardia (Choisir)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 28 Apr 2017 17:30
  • Result: 4/10, cajoled at start and raced towards rear on inner, some progress into 7th 3 out, ridden after next, 5th at last, kept on same pace run-in
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Form Profile:

A 161-rated hurdler, he has had problems with refusing to race, but consented to jump off and went on to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He went on to finish a close fourth in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle.

Trainer Says:

He won’t be back in training until after Christmas and I’d say he probably won’t get to run this season. The hope will be to go chasing with him when he’s back next season.

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Lucky Pass (FR)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Ultimately Lucky - Fuela Pass (Astarabad)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Galway, 29 Oct 2017 14:50
  • Result: Won/11, chased leaders, improved to dispute after 4th, led before 3 out, pressed 2 out, asserted after 2 out, slight mistake last, pushed out and kept on strongly run-in, comfortably, slipped up shortly after line
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Form Profile:

He won a point-to-point and bumpers at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown for Willie Mullins in 2015. He missed all of last season due to injury.

Trainer Says:

He’s back in and is only two or three weeks off running. He’s a horse that we didn’t get to run last season, but he’s in good form at the moment. We are still learning about him, but based on what he’s shown us so far, I’d say he’ll want at two-and-a-half miles anyway. We’re looking forward to seeing him out.

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Mengli Khan

Form Profile:

Rated 96 on the Flat, he made it third-time lucky over hurdles when winning a maiden at Navan in September.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice horse. I might run him alongside Mega Fortune in that four-year-old hurdle at Limerick on Sunday just to get a bit of experience into him. He’ll hopefully be one that can go for the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December. He’s a big strong horse and I’d say he’ll be fine on any ground.

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Minellafordollars (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - Another Dollar (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Down Royal, 26 Dec 2017 13:45
  • Result: Won/12, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to challenge after 3 out, ridden to dispute before 2 out, kept on under pressure and all out run-in, just prevailed at line
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Form Profile:

Won a point-to-point at Lingstown in December and a bumper at Navan in March.

Trainer Says:

He won his bumper well and he’ll start off in a maiden hurdle in the coming weeks. He’s probably more of a three mile chaser in the making, so whatever he does this season will be a bonus.

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Monbeg Worldwide

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Lucarno - Molly Duffy (Oscar)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Clonmel, 7 Dec 2017 12:25
  • Result: 3/18, led, some slight mistakes, pushed along briefly after 3 out, pressed and headed approaching next, soon no impression, jumped left last, one pace and dropped to 3rd close home
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Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he won all three of his starts in bumpers last season.

Trainer Says:

He’s a really exciting horse. He’s a real chaser in the making, so whatever he does over hurdles this season really will be a bonus, but he’s a horse we think the world of. He’s schooling well over hurdles and will start off in the coming weeks. I’d say he’ll stay at least two-and-a-half miles.

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Monkshood

Form Profile:

Ran well in two starts in maiden hurdles prior to easily winning a bumper at Clonmel in February.

Trainer Says:

He won his bumper at Clonmel. He’s a big raw horse, big and gangly, so he’s more one for next season really.

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Outlander

Form Profile:

A 164-rated chaser, he won the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in December.

Trainer Says:

He was working very well leading into Cheltenham and Punchestown last season, but when he went jumping he just wasn’t comfortable and ran badly. We found he had a problem with a kissing spine and he’s had an operation that will hopefully fix it. He’s working well at home now and he’ll go for the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November.

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Poli Roi (FR)

Form Profile:

Won a point-to-point at Rockfield in November prior to changing hands for £300,000 later that month, he made a winning start for his new connections in a bumper at Navan in February and went on to finish third in the Punchestown Champion Bumper.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice horse that could be a very good staying novice hurdler this season. He might start back in a maiden hurdle at Galway next week.

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Roaring Bull

Form Profile:

The winner of a bumper at the Punchestown Festival and a maiden hurdle at Tipperary in October.

Trainer Says:

He won his maiden hurdle at Tipperary in good style. He’s a very raw horse and might not be seen at his best until next season. I see him as more of a two or two-and-a-half miler in the making rather than a three-miler.

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Samcro

Form Profile:

Purchased for £335,000 after winning a point-to-point, he impressed in winning all three of his starts in bumpers last season.

Trainer Says:

Everything he did last season was amazing. He’s a horse that really excites and we are very lucky to have him. It’s hard to know how good he is. He’s got the pace for two miles, but he should have no problem staying well either. He’s going to Tipperary for a schooling hurdle on Friday and granted all goes well there, he’ll start off in a maiden hurdle in the next couple of weeks. I think he’ll handle any ground.

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Sutton Place

Form Profile:

A 158-rated hurdler, he has won four of his six starts over hurdles including a Grade 2 contest at Navan in February.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great order. He gave himself a bad knock at Punchestown and we feared the worst at the time, but he’s back and is probably only three weeks off running. He’ll go novice chasing. He isn’t a horse that does anything fancy at home, but he showed on the track last season that he has plenty of ability. Barry Geraghty always says he has loads of pace, but I think two-and-a-half miles or further will suit him best. Soft ground will always be a help to him.

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Tiger Roll

Form Profile:

A 151-rated chaser, he won the Munster National at Limerick and the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season.

Trainer Says:

He had an operation to try and fix a kissing spine issue and will be a small bit later coming back than most of the rest of them. We might have him ready for the Troytown at Navan. Every season we seem to write him off, but he manager to come back and win a big race. Even if he never wins another race he won’t owe us anything

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Tombstone

Form Profile:

A 148-rated hurdler, he won the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park in February.

Trainer Says:

He’s a talented horse, but he’s a hard horse to train and has had his share of problems. He’ll start off in a beginners chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday and we’ll take it from there with him. He might stay a bit better now that he is getting a bit older.

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