In a short training career Gordon Elliott has reached the very top of the jumps game with wins in all the biggest UK races and Betting.Betfair is where you will find his exclusive columns on all the major meetings
Gordon Elliott is nothing short of a training phenomenon and in just over a decade he has come from nowhere to build up one of the most powerful yards in National Hunt racing.
A decorated amateur rider, Gordon began his career in the saddle at the age of just 16 when taking out an amateur rider's license. A prolific rider in point-to-points, he notched up 46 victories on the track which were headed by a Grade 1 triumph on Nigel Twiston-Davies' King's Road in the Champion Bumper at the 1998 Punchestown Festival.
After retiring from the saddle in 2005, he embarked on a training career and sent out his first winner as a trainer when Arresting struck at his beloved Perth in June 2006. A feature of Elliott's early career were his constant raids across the Irish Sea and this policy endures to this day with the trainer especially successful at Perth through the summer months.
April 14, 2007, could be pointed to as the day that changed Elliott's career forever more when Silver Birch recorded that never-to-be forgotten success in the Grand National at Aintree. Up to this point Elliott had yet to train a winner in Ireland but this success propelled him into the big time.
A first Irish success followed with Toran Road at Kilbeggan a few weeks later and December 2010 yielded a first Grade 1 victory when Jessies Dream landed the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Later that season Elliott notched up his initial Cheltenham Festival win when Chicago Grey won the National Hunt Chase before Carlito Brigante landed the Coral Cup later that afternoon.
Latterly, Elliott has enjoyed tremendous success at Cheltenham with Don Cossack fulfilling his trainer's long held belief that he could be a Gold Cup winner in waiting when he landed the Cheltenham Festival feature in 2016.
The following year yielded six Cheltenham winners for Elliott and a first champion trainer title at the meeting. That was somehow bettered in 2018 when he took the trainers' crown again by sending out a record-equalling eight winners.
In recent seasons Elliott's battles with Willie Mullins have lit up the Irish National Hunt season. To date - this is being written in autumn 2019 - he has yet to wrest away that accolade from Mullins but is not for the want of trying. In the 2016/17 season Elliott led for most of the campaign only to lose the advantage on the penultimate day of the season.
In 2017/18 the trainer's title once again went down to the final week of the season and despite being the first person to send out 200 winners in an Irish National Hunt season Elliott once again lost out to his great rival.
Once again he had much to savour over the course of 2018/19 but there was one horse that stood out above all others - Tiger Roll. A former winner of the Triumph Hurdle, the diminutive yet teak tough flat bred carved out his place in racing folklore forever more when he won a second consecutive Grand National in April.
Also a dual Royal Ascot-winning trainer who has sent out well over 1,000 winners so far which also include several big race jumping success in America, Gordon Elliott has amassed a stunning training career to date.