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Gordon Elliott Stable Tour 2023/24 - Key quotes from top Irish trainer

09 Nov 2023
Jon Vine 09 Nov 2023
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  • Key quotes from Gordon Elliott's stable tour
  • Elliott ran through all of his stars for the 2023/24 season with Racing Post
  • Get updates on Irish Point, Gerri Colombe, Sire Du Berlais and many more
  • All quotes taken from Racing Post
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Gordon Elliott on the gallops at Cheltenham Racecourse. (Getty)
    Gordon Elliott Stable Tour 23/24
  • Delta Work
  • Gerri Colombe
  • Irish Point
  • Sire Du Berlais
  • Teahupoo
  • Better Days Ahead
  • Brighterdaysahead
  • Croke Park
  • Dee Capo
  • Down Memory Lane
  • Farren Glory
  • Faux Fur
  • Firefox
  • Golden Joy
  • He's Ultimate
  • Jigoro
  • Jolly Potter
  • King Of Kingsfield
  • Magic Dawn
  • Malton Groove
  • My Trump Card
  • No Time To Wait
  • Pour Les Filles
  • Shannon Royale
  • Speculatrix
  • St Cuthbert's Cave
  • Stellar Story
  • Tactical Affair
  • The Wallpark
  • The Yellow Clay
  • Will Do
  • Working Away
  • Casheldale Lad
  • Kala Conti
  • Kaleosun
  • Pacini
  • Wodhooh
  • Andy Dufresne
  • Beacon Edge
  • Fils D'Oudairies
  • Grey Diamond
  • Ludus
  • Party Central
  • Pied Piper
  • Say Goodbye
  • Shecouldbeanything
  • Zanahiyr
  • Absolute Notions
  • American Mike
  • Caldwell Diamond
  • Calico
  • Cool Survivor
  • Doctor Bravo
  • Favouri De Champdou
  • Firm Footings
  • Found A Fifty
  • Halka Du Tabert
  • Harmonya Maker
  • Hollow Games
  • Imagine
  • Jazzy Matty
  • Kansas City Star
  • Landrake
  • Maxxum
  • Saint Felicien
  • Salvador Ziggy
  • Santonito
  • Search For Glory
  • So Des Flos
  • Three Card Brag
  • Ashtree Meadow
  • Ballykeel
  • Call Me Lyreen
  • Chemical Energy
  • Coko Beach
  • Conflated
  • Defi Bleu
  • Diol Ker
  • Dunboyne
  • Embittered
  • Epsom Du Houx
  • Fakir D'Alene
  • Farouk D'Alene
  • Fil Dor
  • Frontal Assault
  • Fury Road
  • Galvin
  • Gevrey
  • Hurricane Georgie
  • Mars Harper
  • Minella Crooner
  • Punitive
  • Riviere D'Etel
  • Run Wild Fred
  • The Goffer
  • Binge Worthy
  • Boston Town
  • Cleatus Poolaw
  • Jalon D'Oudairies
  • Lightkeeper
  • Qualimita
  • Romeo Coolio
  • The Enabler
  • Trim Castle
  • Undeniable Alibi

Prior to the season-opening meeting at Down Royal which he tends to dominate, Gordon Elliott talked Racing Post through his stable for the 2023/24 season.

Here's the full Gordon Elliott stable tour. All quotes taken from Racing Post.

Gordon Elliott Stable Tour 2023/24

🌟 Stable Stars 🌟

Delta Work

The plan is to try head back to Cheltenham to win a third Cross Country Chase with him. He might only have two runs before then. He will run in a cross country race at Cheltenham and a hurdle race somewhere, maybe the Boyne Hurdle or something like that. We won't run him over the banks at Punchestown again. He didn't seem to enjoy it as much as Cheltenham and got a bit of a fright there.

Gerri Colombe

It's looking like he might start off at Down Royal next week in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase, but he will improve plenty for the run. It's a nice starting point and will hopefully set him up for a good season. He won't be overraced this season. I want to mind him and have him fresh for the Gold Cup. He's a proper stayer, so three miles and two furlongs at Cheltenham should be right up his street. My job is to have him in the best place I can for that day and I don't want to bottom him out before we get there.

Irish Point

He's only five and we've decided to stay over hurdles as we feel there are plenty of nice races for him. He didn't do much wrong as a novice last season and his best performance was his last one when landing the Grade 1 contest at Aintree. He was nicely on top at the line there. He will start back in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal and we're looking forward to it.

Sire Du Berlais

What can you say about him that hasn't been said already? He's a legend. He almost won at the three big spring festivals last season and just comes alive at that time of year for whatever reason. He will take the same route as always back to Cheltenham and will be 12 next spring, but who's to say he's finished? He keeps on surprising us and hopefully he will continue doing that. He's been some servant and owes us nothing.


We felt he was a little unlucky in the Stayers' Hurdle last season. Things just didn't go his way there and on a different day we might have seen a different result. Getting back there is the best shape possible is the ultimate aim this season. We might start back, like we did last season, in the Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse. He is still a young horse, only six, so hopefully there is still more improvement to come from him. An ease in the ground is obviously preferable, but he has ran some good races on decent ground too.

Gerri Colombe ridden by Davy Russell jumps the last fence to win the Air Charter Service Mildmay Novices' Chase on Ladies Day during the second day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree. (Getty)

➡️ Novice Hurdlers

Better Days Ahead

A nice young horse who Jamie Codd has always been a fan of. He worked very well the other day and he has the makings of a nice novice hurdler. I'd stay two and a half miles will be his trip. He stays well.


She's a gorgeous mare and we love her. She hasn't done a thing wrong so far. She couldn't have won either of her bumpers any better and it was nice to get her started over hurdles the other day. She had to do all the donkey work there and in an ideal world it would have been nice to get a lead. She will be much better when she has something to aim at and gets a stronger gallop. We'll obviously have to step her up in class now.

Croke Park

I'd say he bumped into a fair sort in a bumper at Kilbeggan during the summer. The winner of that won next time at Galway. Hopefully this fella can develop into a nice stayer in novice hurdles.

Dee Capo

Now that he has won his bumper, we'll go novice hurdling with him. He was well on top at the line in Galway and seems to be learning plenty from race to race.

Down Memory Lane

A lovely young horse who has done nothing wrong. He won his bumper nicely at Fairyhouse and has schooled nicely. He'll go for a maiden hurdle in the next little while and will start off over two miles. He's definitely not slow. He has pace.

Farren Glory

A horse who had been working well prior to winning his bumper at Navan, so I wasn't surprised when he did what he did there. We gave him one more run in a Graded hurdle at Fairyhouse and we put him away to preserve his novice status for this season. He's nice and will run in a maiden hurdle soon.

Faux Fur

She won the other day at Tramore and we might try find a nice Mares' Novices' Hurdle for her next. She doesn't want real heavy winter ground.


I hope he's a proper horse. We brought him away to Tipperary to work last week and he went very well. He could run in a maiden hurdle at Down Royal next month and we're looking forward to getting him started.

Golden Joy

He's a nice horse who has arrived from France and we think he might be a graded horse over hurdles. He's smart.

He's Ultimate

This is a very, very nice horse who I just didn't get a run with last year. I probably won't go for a bumper with him at this stage and will go straight over hurdles instead.


He's a horse who came to us from France and worked very well at Tipperary last week. We were delighted with him. He will start off in a maiden hurdle in a couple of weeks.

Jolly Potter

Ran once in France for Gabriel Leenders and will start out for us in a maiden hurdle soon.

King Of Kingsfield

There could be a good Flat race in this fella at some stage. He has loads of pace. He was beaten when odds-on at Fairyhouse but he wasn't even near fully fit and I'd say there is loads of improvement to come from him. We'll go back for a maiden hurdle and I hope you'll see a different horse. He's always worked like a really smart horse at home.

Magic Dawn

Unfortunately she bled in the mares' bumper at the Aintree Grand National Festival and that was why she ran so poorly. We think quite a bit of her and she should do well over hurdles. She looks great.

Malton Groove

This chap has a good pedigree, a three-parts brother to Minella Times. He was very backward last year but we think he is growing up all the time and you might see a different horse this season.

My Trump Card

He picked up an injury after running in a maiden hurdle at Navan, so that's why you didn't see him again afterwards. I'd say he's a fair horse, a proper galloper. We're looking forward to him running in a maiden hurdle soon.

No Time To Wait

He's a good horse. He was highly tried after he won his bumper at Down Royal and he ran in the Grade 1 races at Cheltenham and Punchestown. He'll be a smart novice hurdler this season, I hope.

Pour Les Filles

Jack (Kennedy) came back in after his run at Punchestown the other day and said he will come on a ton for it. He said he went to win his race and he just blew up. You will see a different horse the next day he shows up.

Shannon Royale

Don't read too much into his Fairyhouse run. He badly needed it and will come on plenty for it. He's a lovely looking horse and hopefully will get off the mark over hurdles before too long.


A nice filly who won her only bumper at Punchestown. She'll go straight over hurdles now. She looks well and is doing things nicely.

St Cuthbert's Cave

This guy won a Kelso bumper for Rose Dobbin. We liked that performance and he's a nice looking young horse. He'll be out in a maiden hurdle soon, probably starting off over two miles.

Stellar Story

He's a brother to The Storyteller and a horse we've liked from day one. He beat a good horse of Willie Mullins' in a Naas bumper in February and you'd like to think he will progress into one of our better novice hurdlers. He stays well.

Tactical Affair

Ran reasonably well in the big sales bumper at Punchestown. He might start off in a bumper before going novice hurdling.

The Wallpark

Had been a revelation before bumping into two nice horses at Limerick on Saturday. He has done a lot in a short space of time, so we can forgive him that run.

The Yellow Clay

He won a Listed bumper last season, so I'd say he's a fair horse. The only thing I would say is that I don't think he's going to be in love with proper heavy winter ground. We brought him away to work at Tipperary last week and he went in one of the later schooling races and he hated the ground. He goes novice hurdling and we're looking forward to that.

Will Do

Bumped into a decent horse at Gowran before getting off the mark at Cork. He finds plenty for pressure and hopefully has the makings of a nice staying novice hurdler.

Working Away

Won her point around this time last year but had a few niggling problems afterwards. She's back working nicely again now and she's ready to start off in a mares maiden hurdle in a couple of weeks.

Mark Walsh celebrates on board Sire Du Berlais after winning the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle. (Getty)

➡️ Juveniles

Casheldale Lad

He won a Flat maiden at Punchestown for Andrew Kinirons the other day. We're looking forward to getting him going over hurdles and he's schooled well. He won't want bottomless winter ground, so we won't ask him to run on that.

Kala Conti

An impressive winner of her only start in France over the summer. She seems like a nice filly and will go for the juvenile hurdle at Down Royal next week.


Had a blow coming down to the last at Cork and got tired. He didn't finish out his race but should improve plenty. He could be a Fred Winter horse for down the line.


A nice one for juvenile hurdles. He got a bit light after we gelded him so you might not see him until closer to Christmas, but we think he's nice.


Lovely three-year-old filly who is two from two over hurdles. Took a nice step forward from Listowel to win by a long way at Punchestown. Hopefully she can keep progressing when she steps into Graded races.

➡️ Older Hurdlers

Andy Dufresne

He showed a bit more spark back over hurdles at Punchestown the other day and we might keep him over hurdles now. He needed to get his confidence back and I think that's exactly what happened at Punchestown.

Beacon Edge

He doesn't do anything in a hurry, but I thought he did well to get up late and win at Thurles last week. He will improve plenty for the blowout as well. He needed it. He looks as though he needs three miles these days.

Fils D'Oudairies

He's had a great summer and small fields seem to suit. He likes to dominate, as he did at Tipperary last time when he won a Grade 3 hurdle there. He's won six races now and has picked up plenty of prize-money. We'll pick and choose conditions races for him.

Grey Diamond

A horse we bought from Sam Thomas who we will try to find a suitable two-mile handicap hurdle for.


Won his maiden hurdle at Limerick last Christmas and with a rating of 112 he should be well capable of winning a handicap this season at some stage.

Party Central

She will go to Down Royal for the 2m handicap hurdle and that might be it for the year. She doesn't want soft ground. Things just didn't happen the way we wanted to in the Galway Hurdle. She's better than that and it wouldn't surprise me if she ended up running in a handicap at Royal Ascot next summer. She's that sort of mare. She has loads of pace.

Pied Piper

He ran a big race in the Cesarewitch and was only just beaten. I'm still convinced there is a big Flat race in him. We're not overloaded with options for him over hurdles, so I'm thinking of going straight to the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown with him. We'll see how he gets on there and that will tell us where we stand.

Say Goodbye

It was brilliant to see her winning the mares' race at Far Hills on Saturday. She's a smart mare with some good form and will hopefully have a profitable season.


She's a great bit of stuff and I don't think she is finished winning yet. She would have finished closer at Listowel last time but for making a mistake at the last. She just keeps on improving.


I thought he was impressive the other day at Punchestown. We thought he might need it, and knew he would come on for it, so it was nice to see him get his head back in front. He's not the easiest horse in the world to place but I'd say he will go for the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan next.

Keith Donoghue riding Delta Work (maroon) clear the last to win The Glenfarclas Chase from Davy Russell and Galvin. (Getty)

➡️ Novice Chasers

Absolute Notions

I'd say he might have one more run over hurdles and then we'll send him chasing. He's a good horse, a promising stayer, and his run at Aintree was too bad to be true. He's a lot better than that and was second in a Grade 1 race on his last start in Ireland. He's still a very young horse and we hope he has the makings of a lovely staying novice chaser. He wants at least two and a half miles, if not three.

American Mike

We all know he was a bit disappointing over hurdles, but he never really respected his hurdles properly and he was a bit awkward over them. He has actually schooled really well over fences and maybe chasing will suit him. We sent a few of our horses to Tipperary the other day to work and Jack (Kennedy) got off him and said it was the best feel he has gotten off him since he was running in bumpers. We hope he's on the way back.

Caldwell Diamond

He beat The Big Doyen in a maiden hurdle but things just didn't work out for him afterwards. He's going chasing and I've been happy with his schooling.


Has managed to hold her form together amazingly well. She did what she went over to do at Far Hills at the weekend and it looks like she is progressing with every run. We will try to take advantage of the four-year-old allowance over fences for as long as we can.

Cool Survivor

Didn't do much wrong on Sunday. Quilixios is a very good horse and he put it right up to him. He jumped well most of the way and should come on for it too. Hopefully he can pick up a beginners chase sooner rather than later and then we can go down the 3m novice route.

Doctor Bravo

He's always been a horse I've liked and hopefully he might progress into being one of our better novice chasers. He's schooled well and we're looking forward to getting him started over fences. He didn't run badly at all in the Supreme and wasn't beaten far.

Favouri De Champdou

Did well last season and his best performance was winning that Grade 2 contest at Limerick over Christmas. We fancied him to run a big race in the Albert Bartlett, but it just didn't happen for him on the day as he was too keen in the early part of the race. He'll go chasing now and you'd like to think he has the makings of a smart staying novice.

Firm Footings

He might have one more run over hurdles but we're keen to go chasing with him. He wasn't beaten far in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham and he's not a bad horse.

Found A Fifty

I think he'll make a smashing chaser. He blew his top at Aintree and I wouldn't read too much into his run at Punchestown after that as it was at the end of the season. I might start him off in the 2m3f beginners chase at Down Royal next week. I liked the way he was moving when we brought him to work at Tipperary last week.

Halka Du Tabert

She's a right good mare and she'll go chasing. She has some really good form from last season and was a bit unlucky in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Harmonya Maker

She's a talented mare who didn't get much luck in the second half of last season. She goes chasing and has schooled well.

Hollow Games

The Troytown Chase at Navan is the plan. He won his beginners chase at the track and a Grade 3 novice hurdle there as well, so we know he likes the place. He ran a big race to finish third in the Galway Plate and we're looking forward to the Troytown with him.


There's more to come from this lad. He's a nice horse. We might give him one more run over hurdles, but the plan is definitely to go novice chasing.

Jazzy Matty

Won the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival and we're going to go chasing with him. He kept on improving over hurdles and hopefully he can do even better as a chaser.

Kansas City Star

He's been disappointing, there is no point in saying otherwise. He works like a very, very good horse but he hasn't brought that work to the track yet. Hopefully fences will bring out the best in him now and he'll run in a beginners chase next.


He's a fine big horse who should come into his own over fences. He has the makings of a nice staying novice chaser.


He can jump a lot better than he did at Tipperary, but it was great to see him winning that day and he was actually well on top at the line. He was a good staying hurdler and hopefully he can progress into an even better chaser. He'll be out again in the coming weeks.

Saint Felicien

He could be one of our better novice chasers. He missed last season, but hopefully he will do well over fences this season. He's always been a very nice horse.

Salvador Ziggy

We were very hopeful going into the American Grand National but he just didn't get home and it may have been a case of one race too many for him. We'll freshen him up now and look towards the spring. He will have plenty of options at Cheltenham, especially the Ultima or the National Hunt Chase.


We always knew that anything he achieved over hurdles would be a bonus as chasing will hopefully be his game.

Search For Glory

Put some good runs together last year and everything about him suggests he will be an even better chaser. Staying is his game and hopefully he will evolve into a nice staying chaser.

So Des Flos

Entitled to come on for his first start over fences at Fairyhouse and hopefully he can pick up a beginners chase in the next few weeks.

Three Card Brag

He's an out-and-out galloper and you'd hope he will be a smart staying novice chaser through the winter. He likes proper winter ground and wants three miles. The best is yet to come from him.

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Davy Russell riding Irish Point (2R) clear the last to win The Turners Mersey Novices' Hurdle on Grand National Day. (Getty)

➡️ Older Chasers

Ashtree Meadow

It was great to see him get it altogether and win the Galway Plate as I've always thought he was a very nice horse and it had been the plan for quite a while. I would imagine he will go to Down Royal next for the Grade 2 chase for second-season novices. His long term aim will be the Grand National and we will work our way back from that.


Consistent staying chaser who never really lets us down. He was good at Perth in June and we're never afraid to travel to place like that with him. He jumps well.

Call Me Lyreen

Things didn't pan out the way we hoped towards the end of last season. He's better judged on his early season form and there might be a nice handicap chase in him off his mark when things fall into place.

Chemical Energy

He ran well in the National Hunt Chase and he seems best fresh. He didn't run badly in the Kerry National on ground he wouldn't have been mad about. Long term, the Grand National would be his target and he might have a go in something like the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown before that.

Coko Beach

He's a star and it's hard to believe he is still only eight. He ran another cracker in the Munster National on Sunday and we'll have a look at the Troytown for him next.


We're going to let him take his chance in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal and that will tell us which direction to go. Were he to win it or run well in it, we'd probably stick in Grade 1 races for the season but, if he doesn't, I wouldn't be opposed to going down the cross country route with him. It's definitely an option. There should be loads of improvement to come from his run at Punchestown as he needed it badly and got very tired.

Defi Bleu

Ran huge in the Irish National last aim and the aim will be to head back there again. It was a pity he departed in the Munster National and it was too early to know how he would have fared.

Diol Ker

He's a thorough stayer who will run in plenty of those big handicap chases this season.


The softer the better for this chap. It was really deep ground at Gowran the day he nearly won the Thyestes and he will head back there this year to try and go one better.


Had some good form as a novice chaser and he will belt away in handicaps. Hopefully he can pick one up somewhere along the line.

Epsom Du Houx

Had his first run for us the other day at Cork and he should improve plenty for it fitness-wise. He just got very tired up the straight. We're going to step him up in trip now to see where we stand with him.

Fakir D'Alene

We brought him back to run in a point the other day. He shaped well enough and was second. We're thinking about the Troytown at Navan for him. He doesn't have a huge amount of miles on the clock, so hopefully there is more to come from him this season in some of those big handicap chases.

Farouk D'Alene

He fractured his knee last year which kept him out for the whole season. He was a really good novice chaser the season before last and was a short-head away from winning a Grade 1 race. With the rating he has I suppose we'll have to go for those good conditions chases with him. He likes plenty of cut in the ground. He's back galloping away now and everything seems good with him.

Fil Dor

I'd say we will go back chasing with him and the Grade 2 chase at Down Royal for second-season novices next week might be where he'll start back. He's got some really good form in the book and I still think he's got the makings of a nice chaser. I'd say two and a half miles is his ideal trip.

Frontal Assault

Was quite keen in the early part of the Munster National and a bit fizzy. He might have done too much too soon there and he got tired. We might have a go at the Troytown at Navan next.

Fury Road

I'd say he will go down the Cross Country Chase route and then have a crack at the Grand National next spring.


He's back in full work now and we'll take the same sort of route back to the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham with him before hopefully having a crack at the Grand National again. He only got as far as the first in it this year, which was a pity as I thought he would go well in it.


After going so close to winning an Irish National it was great to see him bag a big one on Sunday in the Munster National. The Irish National is quite close to Cheltenham this season so it will be a case of one or the other for him. He still only seven so there could be more improvement in his locker.

Hurricane Georgie

She's been a great mare and ran probably the best race of her whole career the last day at Punchestown when closing down Minella Indo. She could run in a mares chase at Clonmel on Thursday.

Mars Harper

Had been in the form of his life prior to the Munster National on Sunday. Didn't run his race there for some reason, but might be one for the nice handicaps come next spring.

Minella Crooner

I thought he would run a big race in the National Hunt Chase but it didn't happen for him. He's had his back operated on and hopefully he will develop into a nice staying handicap chaser this season.


Didn't get far in the Irish National but won the Porterstown at Fairyhouse earlier in the season and we might look at races like that for him.

Riviere D'Etel

I was delighted with her on Saturday. We wanted to get her confidence back and I'd say she did. She even started fighting back after the last for a few strides. She's a talented mare when on song and hopefully we can see the best of her this season. We're looking forward to getting her back over fences at some stage.

Run Wild Fred

Another of mine who just got a bit tired in the closing stages of the Munster National and needed the run. We'll have a look at the Troytown for him. He'll be fitter for it anyway.

The Goffer

Things didn't go his way in the Munster National and he might prefer better ground. He ran a big race in the Ultima Handicap Chase when hitting the front a bit too soon, so hopefully we can get him back to that sort of form in the spring.

Davy Russell riding Fil Dor on their way to winning The Bar One Racing Price Boost Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse. (Getty)

➡️ Bumper Horses

Binge Worthy

Pinged the last and went on to win nicely at Dromahane in his point for Denis Murphy. Will start off in a bumper in the coming weeks and seems nice. He's working well.

Boston Town

Won his point for Colin Bowe and you'll see him out in a bumper this side of Christmas. He's quite an imposing sort.

Cleatus Poolaw

A nice young house who won the second of his two points for Mark O'Hare and will start off in a bumper soon.

Jalon D'Oudairies

This chap could be nice. He won a point at Lingstown for Donnchadh Doyle and we like him. He'll start off in a bumper soon and I'm looking forward to it.


Was first past the post in his last point, but was demoted afterwards after interference. He's working away nicely and ready to start off in a bumper soon


Won her point very easily for Colin Bowe at Fairyhouse and we hope she's nice. She'll be out in a bumper in the coming weeks.

Romeo Coolio

Won his point for Donnchadh Doyle at Belclare. He worked nicely at Tipperary the other day, so hopefully he's one we can look forward to. You'll see him turn up in a bumper very soon. He could be a Champion Bumper horse.

The Enabler

Looked like he might win a Thurles bumper last week for much of the home straight but was collared late. That was a nice start. He'll go back for another bumper now and try to go one better.

Trim Castle

Was well on top at the line when he won his point at Castletown-Geoghegan in April and he is going to be a nice staying chaser down the line. For now, we'll find a bumper for him and take it from there.

Undeniable Alibi

Showed a nice turn of foot to win his point at Punchestown for Colin Bowe. He works well and will start off in a bumper soon.

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