Gordon Elliott: Cheltenham Festival Trainer Profile

Martin Green

Monday, March 4, 2019 11:05 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 4, 2019 11:05 PM UTC

Gordon Elliott is the favourite to be named leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the third year in a row.

<p><strong>Date of licence:</strong> June 11, 2006</p><p><strong>Origin:</strong> County Meath, Kilbeggan</p><p><strong>Record:</strong> 1,003 wins in 6,013 runs, with 1,647 places, and a win record of 17%</p><p><strong>Cheltenham Festival wins:</strong> 22</p><p><strong>Leading trainer at Cheltenham awards:</strong> 2</p><p><strong>Years competing at Cheltenham Festival:</strong> 2011-present</p><p><strong>Festival highlights:</strong> Don Cossack won the Gold Cup in 2016</p><p><strong>Associated jockeys:</strong> Davy Russell, Jack Kennedy, Keith Donoghue, Mark Enright, Conor Orr, Liam McKenna, Jamie Codd, Lisa O'Neill, Kevin Brogan</p><p><strong>Significant horses:</strong> Apple’s Jade, Cause Of Causes, Samcro, Tiger Roll, Silver Birch, Labaik, Don Cossack, Shattered Love, Farclas, Delta Work</p><p><strong>Did you know?</strong></p><p>Elliott secured two winners at the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/cheltenham-festival-2019-horse-racing-tips-and-essential-betting-guide/89503/" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival">Cheltenham Festival</a> as a jockey, while also seizing the Punchestown Champion Bumper and claiming five wins in the USA. He retired in 2015 and announced himself as a trainer by winning the Grand National aged 29 with Silver Birch. That made him the youngest trainer ever to clinch victory in the richest National Hunt race in Europe and marked him as a superstar in the making. He has since delivered on that promise and established himself as one of the world’s greatest trainers.</p><p>The Cheltenham Festival is where reputations are made and broken for National Hunt trainers and Elliott has excelled over the past two years. In 2017, he saddled Labaik to victory in the Grade 1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Champagne Classic in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockets’ Handicap, Tiger Roll in the JT McNamara Novices’ Chase, Cause of Causes in the Glenfarclas Chase, Fayonagh in the Champion Bumper and Apple’s Jade in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle. That saw him seize the leading trainer honour for the first time, ending a four-year winning streak for countryman Willie Mullins.</p><p>Last year, Elliott had an even more fruitful time at Cheltenham by saddling eight winners, equalling the record set by Mullins in 2015. Tiger Roll, Blow By Blow, Veneer Of Charm, Farclas, Shattered Love, The Storyteller, Delta Work and Samcro all stormed to victory, making it a festival to remember for the Co Meath trainer. He went on to win the Irish Grand National for the first time, and then clinched another triumph in the Grand National at Aintree with Tiger Roll.</p><p>This year Tiger Roll is the 11/10 (2.10) favourite with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" target="_blank" title="Coral">Coral</a> to win the Cross Country Chase once again. Apple’s Jade is the 9/4 second favourite with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> to win the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/champion-hurdle-betting-preview-can-buveur-d-air-defend-his-crown/89508/" target="_blank" title=" Champion Hurdle">Champion Hurdle</a> and that looks like a really interesting bet. Samcro, Delta Work and Shattered Love will all be back with a vengeance, and Battleoverdoyen, Commander Of Fleet, Defi Bleu, Champagne Classic, Envoi Allen and Abacadabras are all worth looking out for. Elliott is the favourite to be named <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/cheltenham-festival-2019-horse-racing-tips-and-essential-betting-guide/89503/" target="_blank" title="leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival">leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival</a> for a third time in a row and it will be difficult for Mullins and co to stop him.</p>
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