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Gordon Elliott Stable Tour - Top trainer runs through his best horses for 2020/21 season

  • We take a look through the recent stable tour AtTheRaces conducted with Gordon Elliott
  • Elliott is one of the most successful trainers at the Cheltenham Festival
  • The Irishman talks about his many stable stars, including Envoi Allen, Samcro and Tiger Roll
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Gordon Elliott pictured at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020. (Getty)

We take a look through the recent stable tour that Gordon Elliott conducted with AtTheRaces and bring you the key quotes on his top National Hunt horses.

*All quotes taken from AtTheRaces*

Gordon Elliott Stakes Tour - Stable Stars

Abacadabras


"He’s in great order and the plan is to start him off in the Grade 2 hurdle at Down Royal later this month. I thought he ran a huge race in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last season and might just have got there a little bit too soon."

"His jumping improved with experience all through last season and hopefully he’ll be even sharper this season. We’ll keep him to two miles and the hope is that he’ll progress into a Champion Hurdle horse."

Delta Work 


"He looks great and is moving very well. We’re looking to start him off in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal. It won’t be a shock if he’s beaten, as he always seems to come on from his first run of the season and improve with racing. It’s a strange one, as he isn’t a big massive horse that you’d expect to need his first run, but for whatever reason it always seems to be the case with him."

"Jack Kennedy gets a particularly good tune out of him and we’d love him to be on him, but that’s out of our hands and all we do is cross our fingers that he’ll be back in time from his injury to ride him."

Envoi Allen 


"He goes novice chasing and is obviously hugely exciting. The intention is to start him off in a maiden chase at Down Royal later this month. At the minute I’m thinking that we’ll keep him to mid-range trips in the main this season. While he would have a chance of being a top-class hurdler if we left him over them, we probably stayed over hurdles for too long with Samcro and I don’t want to make that mistake again."

"He was bought to be a Gold Cup horse and that’s what we are going to give him the chance to be. We were happy with him when he came back in from his break, but he’s a horse that seems to do better in work than out of work. We can’t wait to see him back on track."

Samcro


"We’ll start him off in the Grade 2 chase at Down Royal later this month. We tried a few different things and got him back right last season. It was a real thrill to see him win at the Cheltenham Festival. We’ll more than likely keep him around mid-range trips and he could end up in the Ryanair Chase, all being well."

Tiger Roll 


"We’ve had a lovely clean run with him so far this season and he’s in great order. It wasn’t straightforward with him last season, as he had a setback early in the season that led to us chasing our tails a bit with him. The ground went against him at Cheltenham and he came home a very tired horse from there. With that in mind, it wasn’t the end of the world that we didn’t have to keep the pressure on him to get to the Grand National a few weeks later."

"We’ll see what the ground is like closer to the time, but we could start him off in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal. If he doesn’t go there, he could have a run over hurdles somewhere. The aim is to get him back to Cheltenham for the cross-country race and then onto the Grand National."

*All quotes taken from AtTheRaces*

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Tiger Roll jumps the last on his way to winning the 2019 Grand National. (Getty)

Gordon Elliott Stakes Tour - Novice Hurdlers

Ballyadam


"It’s no secret that we’ve always liked this fella a lot. The ground was too testing for him on his debut at Navan, but it was good to see him win so well at Downpatrick on his second start. We’ll start him off in a maiden hurdle at Down Royal at the end of the month and we’re looking forward to him. He’s a horse with plenty of pace, so we’ll start him off at two miles and play it by ear from there."

Eskylane


"He made a winning hurdling debut at Punchestown earlier today and I was very happy with him. He jumped well, idled up the run-in and had a good blow afterwards, so you’d have to be delighted with what he did. His bumper form entitles him to be a Graded novice hurdler and we’ll probably go straight into that sort of company with him next time. He should stay two-and-a-half miles."

Queens Brook 


"She made a winning hurdling debut the other day and probably did quite well as she was well short of peak fitness. I loved the way she put her head down and fought when she had to. She’ll come on loads from that. She goes to Down Royal now for the Grade 3 Mares’ Novice Hurdle and she is one we like a lot."

Gordon Elliott Stakes Tour - Hurdlers


Column Of Fire


"He looked like he was going to win the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham before he fell. He was lame after that fall and it took him a fair bit of time to come right. He’s back in full work now, but it will probably be closer to Christmas before he gets back to the track. We’ll aim him at big handicap hurdles again and on his Cheltenham form he looks well handicapped."

Fury Road


"We are going to stay hurdling with him. There is a race at Navan in a few weeks for him and that’s likely to be where he starts off. Gigginstown have a lot of horses to go novice chasing and the staying hurdle division looks a bit light, so that’s the thinking behind keeping this horse over hurdles.”

Grand Roi


"He isn’t a flashy horse at home, but in fairness to Nicky he did tell us before he came here that he doesn’t show much, so we aren’t panicking. There is a Grade 3 hurdle at Galway next week that looks like a good starting point for him. After that, we’ll look at the Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas in mid-November. We’ll keep him hurdling this season."

Sire Du Berlais


"He’s been a great horse for us to win twice at the Cheltenham Festival. He’s probably rated too high for handicaps now, so he’ll need to step up in open company. The staying hurdle division looks open, so hopefully he can step up to the mark."

The Bosses Oscar


"Not much went right for him in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham this year and he was a bit unlucky there. There is a winner’s race at Thurles for him next week that looks a nice starting point for him, and we’ll look for valuable handicap hurdles for him after that. I’d be hopeful he can win one of those."

*All quotes taken from AtTheRaces*

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Sire Du Berlais (right) edges out stablemate The Storyteller to win the 2019 Pertemps Final. (Getty)

Gordon Elliott Stakes Tour - Novice Chasers

Andy Dufresne


"We are sending him novice chasing. His schooling over fences has been very good and we’ll start him off in a maiden chase in the coming weeks. He didn’t quite finish off last season as well as we’d liked him to have, but we looked after him and he’s a much stronger horse this season. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet and I’m looking forward to seeing him over a fence."

Galvin


"Our plan is to run him in a Grade 3 novice chase at Cork in early-November and then put him away with a view to sending him straight to the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He has an ideal profile for the race, and we are all happy for him to go down that route."

Gordon Elliott Stakes Tour - Chasers


Battleoverdoyen


"We haven’t made a final decision with this fella, but I’d be very interested to see what he’s do if we dropped him right back in trip to two miles. The Fortria Chase at Navan is an option. He travelled over to Cheltenham better this year than he did last year, but I thought he just didn’t get the trip in the RSA Chase and a drop in distance might just suit him."

Presenting Percy


"We’ve been very happy with him since he joined us. Watching it back again, he was running very well in the Gold Cup when he fell. He probably needs to improve a bit to get in amongst the very best staying chasers around, but he’s more than entitled to have a crack at them. We are looking towards the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal to start him off in. Longer term, he could be one for the Grand National."

Gordon Elliott Stakes Tour - Bumper Horses

Fiston Des Issards


"He’s a lovely big horse that came well recommended from a great nursery in Colin Bowe’s. We’ll keep him to bumpers this season and you’d have to hope he might win a couple along the way."

Gars De Sceaux


"He looked a lovely horse when he won his point-to-point and we’ve been happy with him since he joined us. He’ll likely start off in a bumper, but jumping will be his game."

Hollow Games

"He’s a lovely big horse. He is a real galloper that will handle testing ground. He’s a big staying chaser in the making, but he should be well able for bumpers and we’ll be looking forward to getting him out."

Sir Gerhard

 
"We were planning on running him at the backend of last season, but we obviously weren’t able to with the season finishing early. He’s working well and we’ll look to start him off in a bumper in the next couple of weeks."

*All quotes taken from AtTheRaces*
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