Gordon Elliot Ready For Big Season

Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott like every season is getting his team of horses ready for another big jumps season with the Irish trainer having many smart up and coming hurdlers and chasers that are ready to be unleashed this year.

One of the most exciting horses in Elliott's arsenal this season is his Cheltenham Gold Cup hopeful Delta Work who could potentially get his campaign underway in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase over three miles at Down Royal on November 2. 

The six year old had a tremendous season last year winning four out of his five chase contests, with his only blemish coming in the Grade One RSA Chase at the Cheltenham festival.

Three of the Gigginstown House Stud owned horse winners came in Grade 1 company last year, which makes him a huge asset for the yard and now having last seasons experience under his belt he has to be feared.

(Credit Racing Post) He is a best price of 14/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next year and Elliott has said: "Delta Work did great last season and his last run at Punchestown was probably his best.

"He's not the biggest or most robust horse we've ever had, but his form speaks for itself and we'll treat him like a genuine Gold Cup contender this season."

The trainer added: "He'll be entered in the Grade 1 Champion Chase and the Grade 2 for second-season novices at Down Royal, but it is safe to say the big one will be his main aim. He's done very well over the summer."

The handler is looking to show off three of his big players for next season on Saturday at Gowran Park which has always been a meeting in Ireland that signals that the jumps season is just around the corner.

In the Grade 2 Champion Chase over 2 and a half miles he could enter The Storyteller and Jury Duty and Shattered Love.

Elliott said: "The intention is for all three to run.

"They're all in good form and I'm keen to get them started."They're likely to improve for their first runs, but this looks a good starting point."

Last season one of the yards superstars massively underperformed with Samcro not showing the same ability as he did as a juvenile hurdler but Elliott again has high hopes for his past star.

He could start his season at the same meeting as Delta Work at Down Royal in the beginners chase as he tries to find that form of old that saw him claim the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham festival.

"We haven't schooled him yet, but he ran in point-to-points so I've no doubt he'll be very good," said Elliott.

"He'll run in the 2m4f beginners' chase at Down Royal."

Felix Desjy is another hurdler who is going over fences for the first time with either the 2m2f beginners' chase at Gowran on Saturday seeing him start his campaign or at Tipperary on Monday.

Elliott added: "Felix Desjy has schooled very well over fences and we're looking forward to going chasing with him. He'll either run at Gowran Park on Saturday or at Tipperary on Monday."

Two of the brightest stars that he is looking forward to unleashing over hurdles this season is Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Envoi Allen and Cheveley Park stablemate Malone Road.

The Gold Cup and Grand National winning trainer will get them underway next month saying: "Envoi Allen and Malone Road are in very good form and the plan is to start them off in maiden hurdles in November. Malone Road had a setback last season but, touch wood, he seems to be back in great shape now."

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