Gordon Elliott reaches 2000 winner landmark with Ayr success

Gordon Elliott celebrated the landmark of two,000 profession winners in Britain and Eire after Ted Hastings claimed a runaway victory at Ayr.

The Grand Nationwide and Gold Cup-winning coach reached the determine globally final week, and the victory of Gallyhill at Down Royal on Monday moved him inside one.

Despatched off the 13-Eight favorite for the opening E-book Summer season Racenight With Gok Wan Maiden Hurdle, Ted Hastings moved easily to the lead on the strategy to second flight from dwelling and shortly asserted.

A neat leap on the final sealed it for the six-year-old, who quickened up well on the run-in to increase the profitable margin to seven and a half lengths over Maifalki.

Elliott informed Racing TV: “It is nice and a giant credit score to all of the employees and the house owners, my household and the entire group I’ve round me.

“It is good to get it for Aidan (Ryan, proprietor). He is been affected person with this horse. He is galloped like a pleasant horse at dwelling, however issues have not labored out. We mentioned we might deliver him right here and go left-handed.

“There’s been quite a lot of water gone beneath the bridge since then, however Arresting was my first ever winner (at Perth in 2006, ridden by Richard Johnson) and it is nice to be again in Scotland to have my 2,000th winner.

“I like coming racing to those tracks, they give the impression of being after us second to none.”

A local of Summerhill in County Meath, Elliott shot to fame when touchdown the 2007 Nationwide with Silver Birch, at a time when the then 29-year-old had not even skilled a winner in Eire.

Numerous big-race successes have adopted, together with the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Don Cossack and, famously, back-to-back Nationwide victories with Tiger Roll.

His achievements are all of the extra spectacular contemplating Elliott doesn’t come from a racing background – his father was a panel-beater reasonably than a champion coach or jockey.

As a substitute Elliott learnt his craft by initially working for coach Tony Martin, occurring to change into a crack newbie rider – partnering a Grade One bumper winner at Punchestown in 1998 – and dealing for Martin Pipe earlier than putting out on his personal.

He added: “I am simply the identify on the licence and I’ve a complete group behind me.

“It was a bit irritating for the final couple of days as I believed I had it (2,000th winner), then somebody mentioned there was the horse disqualified and I used to be counting the winners I had in America.

“It is unbelievable. To be standing right here at present, I believe we’re within the prime 4 or 5 of all-time Cheltenham winners. The house owners have backed me up with these house owners, and the employees – all of the thanks has to go to them.

“I suppose Tiger Roll profitable the second Grand Nationwide was very particular and Don Cossack profitable the Gold Cup. They’re all vital to me, whether or not it is winners in Downpatrick or Listowel or Newton Abbot or Perth, I simply love coaching winners and that is what I rise up to do each morning.

“That is all I care about in life is having winners and I simply hope I can preserve doing it.”

His profession stalled in March final yr, as he was given a six-month suspension by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Authority after a picture emerged on social media of him sat on a useless horse on his gallops.

However he has bounced again to the highest, profitable the Irish Gold Cup with Conflated in February and having fun with two wins at this yr’s Cheltenham Pageant, in addition to saddling Three Stripe Life and Sire Du Berlais to Grade One triumphs at Aintree.

He was additionally in Grade One-winning kind on the Punchestown Pageant, courtesy of Mighty Potter.

“For the entire six months I wasn’t coaching, day-after-day I counted them down on the calendar and dreamed in regards to the first day I used to be going to be again,” he mentioned.

“I’ve to say everybody has been very good to me and I am simply so comfortable to be again.”

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