Gordon Elliott’s Secure Tour: A Dilemma Over a Tangled Goal

Gordon Elliott

It seems like Gordon Elliott’s wealth of expertise is ready to be unleashed on the Cheltenham Competition with actual contenders for the Gold Cup, if he will get what he needs.

Elliott is hoping to search out his approach and persuade proprietor Michael O’Leary to run Conflated within the Gold Cup rather than Ryanair Chase, after O’Leary mentioned on Sunday he expects the shock Irish Gold Cup winner to return in flight at Cheltenham Competition.

Kevin Blake spoke to Elliott earlier this week about his many runners on the competition later this month.

American Mike

bumper hero

We have thought of him our bumper champ horse for a while and have despatched him down an identical path as we now have executed with Envoy Allen and Sir Gerhard previously.

He confirmed us all of the indicators that these horses and even the likes of Don Cusack did early of their careers in fenders. We took him away to the Fairyhouse this morning for work.

American Mike and Jimmy Codd win the Future Champions race in Navan
American Mike and Jimmy Codd win the Future Champions race in Navan

Jimmy Code rode it, and we have been all very pleased with it. He’ll most likely go to Leopardstown to do some work once more on Monday.

He is spot on and we could not be happier with him. Facile Vega clearly units the usual very excessive, however Jamie has ridden most fenders this season and has a good concept of ​​what that’s.

We won’t be mendacity down and I can’t change it.


Gold Cup / Ryanair Chase

The Gold Cup and Ryanair Chase have been blended up. Michael (O’Leary) needs him to go to Ryanair, and I need to go to the Gold Cup, so we’ll most likely have a five-minute argument.

He normally will get his approach, however I hope I get what he needs this time. There is just one golden cup. Possibly there was some type of weirdness in it previously. When it is good, it is superb, however when it is unhealthy, it is horrible.

The confusion is evident in the past
The confusion is clear previously

I keep in mind sooner or later he was carrying shocks at Thurls and ran off the observe. I would not be stunned if there was a minor challenge affecting it, however it appears to be in a very good place for the final interval.

It is extra steady operating, and appears so much higher from a bodily perspective. You may hit his stage nevertheless you want and I’ve heard quite a lot of guys say this and that about him, however he beat final 12 months’s Gold Cup winner by 5 and a half lengths by going far.

Whether or not they prefer it or they simply lower it, he is been fairly good on the final day and that places him within the dialog.

Phil Dor

Boodles / Triumph Hurdle

Fil Dor has been launched in each Boodles and Triumph Hurdle. We’ll take a look on the weights earlier than we make a remaining determination, however at this level I believe he will win.

Phil d'Or jumps last to win Frank's second division event
Phil d’Or jumps final to win Frank’s second division occasion

Vauban was good towards him on the final day, however I believe the brand new course at Cheltenham will match Phil’s function nicely.

Vauban appears to have nice pace, whereas our horse will be greater than three miles in the long term.

approach of anger

Ultima / Brown . alert

We’ll see what the rider does, however he can go for the Ultima Handicap Chase or search out the novice Brown Advisory. I will talk about it with Michael sooner.


gold cup

Galvin hasn’t executed something unsuitable all season. At the beginning of the season I assumed he is perhaps extra of an ideal nationwide horse, however he bought higher week by week.

This 12 months’s Gold Cup is a race with questions alongside many of the contenders. I suppose the one query apart from Galvin’s identify is that he may lack the gear, however since he received the Christmas assembly in Leopardstown we have been working with him on a sharper type of horse and he is executed very nicely.

Galvin and Davey Russell in Leopardstown on the hunt for Savills
Galvin and Davey Russell in Leopardstown on the hunt for Savills

We all know he stays, loves Cheltenham, relaxes and jumps. If he is inside strolling distance of them over the past fence, you understand he will come house robust.

He would not be somebody I might evaluate to with out Polly, by no means. Don Polly was gradual like me!


Ballymore / Albert Bartlett

It is in Ballymore and Albert Bartlett. I might say we’ll wait on the ground earlier than we make a remaining determination. I do not suppose Ginto is as gradual as some individuals say.

I’ve heard so much say it goes like a 3 miller. As a individuals, he needed to run by himself which wasn’t splendid. He was wanting round in every single place and did not have a stroke, however he would by no means get hit.

Slipping behind a very good enemy at Cheltenham would go well with him higher.

Minella Croner

Albert Bartlett

Will go to the Albert Bartlett hurdle for rookies. He is a humble horse at house, however I really like the way in which he hits the road in his races.

I assumed he hit the road rather well on his final begin in Leopardstown after Danny Mullins rode the boys to sleep a bit on the winner.

He made a mistake on the second day that day too and he’ll be taught from it. Jack will get to know him on a regular basis and can make the most of that.

Mattress Piper

impediment victory

Davy Russell rides with Piper's hand
Davy Russell rides with Piper’s hand

At this level, I might say he will be operating the race for victory. I might say it is a quicker horse than Phil d’Or and can seemingly all the time be a horse.

He was dazzled on the final day and searching ahead to getting there with an ideal alternative.

Itil River

Arkle Chase

You’ll go to the Arkle Problem Cup. It looks like a aggressive race, however she’s up there with one of the best of all of them. I really feel like she would have received the Irish Arkle if she had jumped ultimately and so did the remainder.

The one factor I beloved about her was the angle she confirmed of placing her head down and again to the winner after making that mistake and taking her away within the second spherical.

She was entitled to lie down, however she recovered nicely. It isn’t a mare that I run round with typically in the home as a result of it may be very irritating.

Fernie Hollow and Riviere de Etel fight in Racing Post Novice Chase
Fernie Hole and Rivière Deitl compete within the Racing Put up rookie Chase

In case you noticed her on the primary day she ran over fences, she regarded reckless! It regarded very respectable. However the extra she races, the extra she weighs.

She seems higher now than she did in the beginning of the season, which is the alternative of what you see typically.

Tiger Roll

Cross Nation Chase

It was a horse of a lifetime. Anybody who involves this yard, particularly kids, the primary horse they need to see is Tiger Roll. We might not notice how fortunate we’re to have a horse like him.

We introduced him to Cheltenham final week to show him concerning the Cross Nation course and he was superb. The one factor we all the time fear about with Tiger Roll is the bottom. It isn’t the identical as a horse on gentle floor.

Six horses previously trained by Elliott have won this year's Cheltenham Festival, including the two-time winner Tiger Roll.
Six horses beforehand educated by Elliott have received this 12 months’s Cheltenham Competition, together with the two-time winner Tiger Roll.

There is just one place I care about successful and that’s the cross-country race at Cheltenham Competition. I will not fear about his efficiency this season, if the bottom is nice at Cheltenham he’ll come alive.

He is getting older, it’ll be laborious to say he can have all his talents but when he can present up at 80% in comparison with his greatest in earlier years I believe he’ll take all of the beating.