Gordon Elliott Stable Tour

    Top trainer at the past two Cheltenham Festivals, Irish powerhouse Gordon Elliott gives us the lowdown on some of the strongest ammunition he’ll be firing in 2018/19.
  • Thursday 18 October 2018
  • Stable Tours

Very few National Hunt trainers in Ireland have risen up 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.

For the last two seasons, he has been crowned the leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival and has pushed Willie Mullins all the way 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.

He spoke to Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to tell us about them and the rest of his stable stars.

All Horses

Andy Dufresne

Form Profile:

Made a winning debut in a point-to-point at Borris House in March prior to changing hands for £330,000 a week later.

Trainer Says:

He’s a very nice horse that looked good when he won his point-to-point. He’ll start off in a bumper as soon as we get a bit of rain.

Apple's Jade (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Saddler Maker - Apple's For Ever (Nikos)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 28 Apr 2018 15:50
  • Result: 3/8, raced in 2nd, on terms from 5th, gained narrow lead 6th, joined 8th, led 3 out, pushed along before straight, headed approaching last, dropped to 3rd and one pace run-in
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Form Profile:

A 158-rated hurdler, she is a seven-time Grade 1 winner over hurdles that most memorably won a thrilling renewal of the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017.

Trainer Says:

She’s in great form. She just kept coming into season in the second half of last season and I think it held her back from showing her best at Cheltenham and Punchestown. We’ve made a few changes with her and the plan is to go much the same route as last season. All being well she’ll end up in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but the Stayers’ Hurdle could be a possibility too.

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Blow By Blow

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Robin Des Champs - Shean Rose (Roselier)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 16:55
  • Result: 7/11, led and disputed, bumped with rival 6th, not always fluent jumping, headed from before straight and weakened from before last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

A 150-rated hurdler, he won three times over hurdles last season including the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s in good form. Arguably his best form is on better ground. He’ll start off over fences sooner rather than later and he might end up being one for the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Champagne Classic

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Classical Rachel (Shahanndeh)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 26 Apr 2017 16:55
  • Result: Won/8, tracked leaders in 5th, went 3rd and mistake 5 out, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, headway to lead approaching last, stayed on well run-in
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Form Profile:

A 151-rated hurdler, he won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in 2017 prior to missing all of last season through injury.

Trainer Says:

He’s on the way back. His form has worked out quite well in his absence and I think he could be a good horse if we can keep him right. The plan is to go novice chasing with him and he’s probably more of a three-miler. There’s a chance that he might be better on better ground.

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Commander Of Fleet

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Fame And Glory - Coonagh Cross (Saddlers' Hall)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 18:05
  • Result: Won/16, tracked leader in 2nd, improved to dispute lead 4f out, led 3f out, pushed along and went clear 2f out, went well clear 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, impressive
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Form Profile:

The winner of a point-to-point, he made an impressive winning racecourse debut in the Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival in April.

Trainer Says:

He’s a nice, sharp horse that looks like he’ll be a two miler over hurdles. He’s ready to go, we’re just waiting for some rain with him.

Video Form
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Cracking Smart (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Great Pretender - Maya Du Frene (Le Pommier D'or)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Naas, 7 Jan 2018 13:45
  • Result: 2/8, tracked leader disputing 2nd, 3rd 4 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no impression on winner in 2nd at last, kept on well run-in
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Form Profile:

A 150-rated hurdler, he won twice over hurdles last season and twice finished second to Next Destination in Graded company prior to suffering a season-ending injury.

Trainer Says:

He’s a horse we think an awful lot of. We thought he was one of the nicest stayers we had last season, but he picked up a setback before Cheltenham. He’s back on track now and the plan is to go chasing. He will start back this side of Christmas.

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Defi Bleu (FR)

Form Profile:

Placed in a point-to-point, he won a bumper at Navan in December and shaped with promise on his hurdling debut in a Grade 2 novice at Naas in February.

Trainer Says:

He looked a nice horse when winning a bumper last season and we gave him a run over hurdles to get some experience into him after that. He’s a big chaser for down the road and we won’t give him too hard a time of it over hurdles this season.

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Delta Work (FR)

  • 5-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Network - Robbe (Video Rock)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 16:55
  • Result: 2/11, held up, slightly slow jump 1st, 8th at 7th, closed and slight mistake 2 out, 4th approaching straight, soon 3rd, stayed on well run-in, not quite get to winner
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Form Profile:

A 152-rated hurdler, he won the Pertemps Network Final at the Cheltenham Festival prior to finishing second in Grade 1 novice hurdle company at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He looks like one that will make up into a nice staying novice chaser this season. His best run last season was arguably his last one when he was second in a Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival, so he seemed to get better as the season went on. Hopefully there will be more improvement in him this season.

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Diamond Turf (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Diamond Boy - Lovely Turf (Galetto)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Navan, 20 Jan 2018 15:50
  • Result: Won/4, tracked leaders, soon 3rd and a little keen, 2nd approaching straight, soon on terms, led from 2f out, asserted final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably
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Form Profile:

Having fallen in his only start in a point-to-point, he won a bumper at Navan in January.

Trainer Says:

He looked a nice horse when winning a bumper. He’s ready to start off over hurdles as soon as we get some rain and it would be easy to see him running over two-and-a-half miles plus sooner rather than later. Staying chasing will be his game.

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Don Poli (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 161-rated chaser, he is a three-time Grade 1 winner over fences that was most recently seen finished third to Sizing John in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February 2017. He picked up an injury soon after that which ruled him out for the remainder of that season and for all of last season.

Trainer Says:

He’s back and the plan is to go to the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal with him. He’s working well and I’m very happy with him. The Aintree Grand National would always be in the back of your mind with a horse like him, but we’ll give him a campaign in Grade 1 chases before then and see how he gets on.

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Dortmund Park (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Great Pretender - Qena (Le Balafre)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 27 Apr 2018 18:05
  • Result: Won/9, tracked leaders, soon 4th, closed and slight mistake 3 out, left in lead from next, went on approaching last, stayed on well
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Form Profile:

A 148-rated hurdler, he won three of his six starts in novice hurdles last season including a Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He has always been a big staying chaser in the making and he’ll go novice chasing this season. He hasn’t raced on better ground yet, but I think he’ll be ok on it.

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Envoi Allen

Form Profile:

Won a point-to-point at Ballinaboola by 10 lengths in February and subsequently changed hands for £400,000.

Trainer Says:

He looked very nice when winning his point-to-point. We haven’t run him yet, but he shows all the right signs at home. He is a classy type of horse and we’d look forward to starting him off in a bumper.

Farclas (FR)

  • 4-y-o; gelding
  • Breeding: Jukebox Jury - Floriana (Seattle Dancer)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 28 Apr 2018 16:25
  • Result: 5/7, chased leaders, soon 3rd, closer order 6th, under pressure into straight and lost position, kept on same pace without threatening after
  • View full form
Form Profile:

A 152-rated hurdler, he won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Trainer Says:

He’s had a breathing operation, so he won’t be out for another month or six weeks. We’ll keep him over hurdles this season and I’d say he’ll definitely step up in trip.

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Felix Desjy (FR)

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he has won two bumpers prior to running well in Grade 1 contests at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals.

Trainer Says:

He was a good horse in bumpers last season. He qualifies for those auction hurdles, so we’ll get him going in them. He can take a grip in his races, but I think he’ll stay well. Hopefully hurdles will help settle him down a bit.

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Getaway John

Form Profile:

Has looked an exciting hurdling prospect in winning two of his five starts in bumpers.

Trainer Says:

He won a couple of bumpers last season and he’s ready to start off over hurdles. Two-and-a-half miles might well be his trip.

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Lethal Steps (GB)

Form Profile:

Rated 102 on the Flat, he changed hands for 300,000 gns in July and is set to go juvenile hurdling.

Trainer Says:

He was a smart horse on the Flat and he’s ready to start off in juvenile hurdles. He has been jumping very well at home, so we’re hopeful that he’ll make into a nice hurdler.

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Master Of Tara (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Ryme Bere (Until Sundown)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Navan, 18 Feb 2018 17:00
  • Result: Won/7, held up, 6th early, closed approaching straight travelling smoothly, pushed along over 2f out, soon challenged and on terms, wandered slightly but gained upper hand from 1f out, kept on best
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Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he won a bumper at Navan in February.

Trainer Says:

He’s a big staying horse that we are looking forward to. He’s the sort of horse that I like training. He’ll be one for the likes of Navan and Naas on winter ground.

Video Form
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Mengli Khan

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Lope De Vega - Danielli (Danehill)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 16:20
  • Result: 3/10, mid-division, bumped briefly after 3rd, progress into 3rd 3 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, 3rd before last, bad mistake at last, kept on same pace run-in
  • View full form
Form Profile:

A 150-rated hurdler, he won the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse and ran well in Grade 1 company without winning again last season.

Trainer Says:

He’s going novice chasing and will run well as soon as we get some rain. He could be a very nice novice chaser, his schooling has been very good. We might stick to around two miles with him, but he could try two-and-a-half miles at some stage.

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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
  • View full form
Form Profile:

The winner of a point-to-point and a bumper in 2016/17, he won a maiden hurdle at Down Royal last December.

Trainer Says:

He’s back cantering and is a big winter horse that you’d be looking forward to. He’ll go novice chasing.

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Samcro

Form Profile:

A 160-rated hurdler, he has looked very exciting indeed in going unbeaten in three bumpers and four of his five starts over hurdles including the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great form, but we haven’t made up our mind as to whether he’ll stay hurdling or go chasing yet. We had it in our heads to run at Down Royal in early November, but with the ground being as it is, we might have to wait a bit longer. Trip wise, I think he’ll be effective at whatever distance we run him at. He has the speed and he relaxes, so he should be able to adapt to difference distances. He seems stronger this season, he looks great and he’s showing us all the right signs at home.

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Shattered Love (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 153-rated chaser, she won five of her eight starts over fences last season, most notably the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting and the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

She’s a lovely mare, but this is going to be a tough season for her, as she’ll have to improve to mix it with the open class chasers. Anywhere from two-and-a-half miles to three miles is good for her.

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The Storyteller (IRE)

Form Profile:

A 155-rated chaser, he won three of his six starts over fences last season, most notably when being left clear to win the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s a horse I think an awful lot of. He was obviously lucky to win the Grade 1 novice chase at the Punchestown Festival, but he had a great season up to that and had won at the Cheltenham Festival too. Don’t be surprised if he ends up back over hurdles, as he looks well-handicapped and could have a big one in him.

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Tiger Roll (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Authorized - Swiss Roll (Entrepreneur)
  • Trained by: G Elliott
  • Last Race: Aintree, 14 Apr 2018 17:15
  • Result: Won/38, never far away, hampered 6th (bechers), went 2nd after 3 out, led narrowly next, driven 5 lengths clear before elbow, ridden and tired inside final 50 yards, just held on
  • View full form
Form Profile:

A 159-rated chaser, he won the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Grand National last season.

Trainer Says:

He’s a legend of a horse here and owes no one anything. Of course we’re dreaming that he could win another Grand National, but he’ll have top weight so realistically it’s unlikely. He’s only eight years old and we got another couple of good years out of him down the cross country route that would be fantastic.

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