BRIAN ELLISON has shown he is man for all seasons from his Spring Cottage Stables in Malton and with Cheltenham on the horizon there is increasing excitement in the yard for the hopes of Gold Cup contender Definitly Red.
The 10-year-old is a best priced 33-1 shot for the Jewel in the Cheltenham crown but Ellison has never ducked a challenge and the winner of the Grade 2 Charlie Hall at Wetherby and the Grade 2 Many Clouds at Aintree has had his programme specifically engineered to the big day on March 15.
Ellison said: “We’ve won two big races this season with Definitly Red and he has now won seven graded races for us. He is getting on a bit and we have minded him but he looks better than ever and his form matches up well. He is in great form at home and we are looking forward to giving it a go.”
Neitzsche is another who made a sizeable contribution to the 287,246 in prize money accrued from 15 winners so far this season with a important success in the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle and Ellison feels that there is a big day in Forest Bihan when he gets truly good ground.
All in all, Brian and his team have plenty to look forward too in the coming months and he kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about Definitly Red and several other prospects in his Malton stables.