GORDON ELLIOTT INTERVIEW - 21/02/2017


Gordon Elliott is one of Ireland's leading lights in jumps training.  Gordon is the youngest trainer to ever win the Grand National with Silver Birch back in 2007.  Now he is one of the most recognised faces in racing and has a wealth of talent at his disposal, primarily from the famous Gigginstown Stud.  2017 could be the first year he wins the Irish Jumps Trainers Championship which given the opposition of Willie Mullins is a huge feat in itself.

Gordon took the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for davemooretips.com.
    
  
Thanks so much for taking the time out to speak to me Gordon, I know you’re busy so I really appreciate it and I’m looking forward to reading your responses.
 
 
You have been training horses now for over 10 years or so now, are you still as passionate about the sport now as you were in the beginning?

Yes, if not more so!
 
 
Can you tell us a little bit about the Racing Club for potential owners?
  
It’s a great way for people to get involved at a low price, check out www.gordonelliottracingclub.com for full info.
 
  
Cheltenham or Punchestown, which festival do you enjoy the most?
 
Cheltenham – it’s the Olympics of horse racing
 
 
Away from Cheltenham and Punchestown what course and meeting do you look forward to most?
 
I enjoy Aintree
 
 
You look to have an amazing chance of beating Willie Mullins to this seasons’ Irish Trainers’ Championship which would be much deserved and a welcome result to many, have you enjoyed the rivalry and the challenge?
 
It’s my lifelong ambition, we still have a long way to go but I am very privileged to be in the position I am in.
 
 
On to this years’ Cheltenham Festival and Outlander, I thought he was superb when beating Don Poli and turning the tables on Djakadam at Leopardstown.  The extra couple of furlongs in my opinion should eek out even more improvement and he looks to have a great chance, how is he and are you hopeful he can put Colin Tizzard’s fire out?
 
In good form, looks to have a solid EW chance
 
 
The Storyteller looks a cracking horse with a bright future ahead for him, he looked like a real Neptune contender when beating Battleford, is that his intended destination at Cheltenham and do you think he can serve it up to the likes of Finian’s?
 
No, he will run in the Conditional Jockeys race
 

Speaking of the Neptune my impression was that Death Duty was made for it however he’s a very short price for the Albert Bartlett at the moment, are you looking at the Albert Bartlett as his main destination?

Yes that is the target
 
 
Bryan Cooper is due to return tomorrow, how much of a boost is that to your team with Cheltenham around the corner?
 
Great to have him back, he knows all of the horses very well and is a big part of the team
 
 
If you had the pick of a horse not from your stable for a race at Cheltenham what horse would that be?
 
Altior
 
 
If you had your last pound and had to turn it in to a nice sum with a big price who would you put it on?
 
Diamond King EW
 
 
You have several entries at this stage for the Grand National, which one would you say had the best chance of winning?
 
Ucello Conti
 
 
You have some excellent young horses at your disposal now.  For readers, which of your young horses would you say are ones to stay on the right side of next season?
 
Last Minute Man or Monbeg Worldwide
 
 
Is there anything else you would like to add?
 
No – thanks for your patience in waiting for this!

 
Once again thank you very much for taking the time out to speak to me, good luck for the Festivals and ofcourse the rest of the season.