Starting work as the understudy to Tony Martin at the age of thirteen, Gordon Elliott eventually turned his weekend job into a full-time position, receiving his amateur license three years later. He started out as a jockey, riding forty-six winners including two at Cheltenham Festival, one in the Punchestown Champion Bumper, and five in America, before retiring as a jockey in 2005.
In taking on the challenge of working as a professional horse trainer, Gordon Elliott started in winning fashion, going down as the youngest ever horse trainer to win the Aintree Grand National with Silver Birch in 2007. It was even more impressive considering how Elliott was able to win five races in Britain before taking a single first place finish back home in the Republic of Ireland.
Despite missing out on the National Hunt trainers’ championship by the finest of margins in the 2016/17 season, Gordon Elliott proved his worth in matching the tally set by Willie Mullins in the 2012/13 season for the record number of winners in a season with 193. Gordon Elliott achieved his 1,000th win as a trainer in 2017 when Moonday Run won at Punchestown.