Gordon Elliott began his racing career as a teenager, working for Tony Martin at weekends and during school holidays. Having taken out his amateur rider’s license at the age of 16, he went on to be a prolific rider both in the point-to-point field and on the racecourse. He rode a total of 46 winners on the racecourse, with the highlight being his win in the Punchestown Champion Bumper on the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained King’s Road in 1998. He also and also rode as an amateur for Martin Pipe. Having hung up his riding boots at the end of 2005, he began to concentrate on his new career as a trainer the following year. Gordon Elliott came to worldwide attention when training Silver Birch (Robbie Power) to win the Aintree Grand National in 2007, a success made all the more remarkable by the fact that, at the time, he had yet to train a winner in Ireland. Gordon trained five winners in Britain before his first success at home.
Don Cossack (Bryan Cooper) gave him another major success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, 2016 and he sent out his first winner at Royal Ascot when Commissioned (Adam Kirby) landed the Queen Alexandra Stakes in June of the same year. Gordon recorded a treble on the opening day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival when Labaik (Jack Kennedy), Apple’s Jade (Bryan Cooper) and Tiger Roll (Lisa O’Neill) all won. In all, Gordon has trained 14 Cheltenham winners and he was the leading trainer at the Festival for the first time in 2017 with six winners. Gordon went very close to winning his first National Hunt trainers’ championship in the 2016/2017 season. He led all the way until the penultimate day of the season, but while he missed out on the coveted crown, he did match Willie Mullins’ tally of 193 winners, a record for the number of winners in a season, set in 2012/2013.
A treble at Downpatrick on Sunday, March 25, 2018 saw Gordon set a new record of 194 winners in a season. He reached the 200 winner mark, the first trainer to do so in a National Hunt season, for the 2017/2018 season when the Declan Lavery-ridden Portnablagh won the Cork & Waterford Mares’ Point-To-Point INH Flat Race at Cork on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018.
Tiger Roll, a three-time Cheltenham Festival winner, gave Gordon his second success in the Aintree Grand National when winning under Davy Russell on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Gordon has four purpose built gallops; a 4 furlong circular Wexford sand gallop which we have recently resurfaced, a three furlong warm up ring and two extended 6 furlong gallops, one woodchip, one sand – both on an incline on which the horses do their faster work. There is an all-weather schooling strip with Easyfix hurdles and fences and also a schooling ring inside our circular gallop that is fantastic for our younger horses. In addition he has schooling fences on grass.
After exercise the horses walk home through a natural stream to cool and relieve their muscles and are then washed in one of our multiple wash bays followed by a cool down on one of our 7 walkers. In addition to the walk through steam we also have a natural spa in which 2 horse can stand and move around in the cold free flowing water which is extremely beneficial to the recovery and repair of their tendons.