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 Aintree Grand National 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, the last two seasons have seen him crowned the leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival as well as coming within a whisker of toppling Willie Mullins in the race for Champion National Hunt Trainer in Ireland. Last season saw him secure an amazing tally of 210 winners in Ireland.
With Elliott having perhaps his strongest-ever team to go to war with at the Cheltenham Festival, he spoke to Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to tell us about their prospects.