We were absolutely thrilled to come away from the Goffs UK Spring Sale with nothing less than a Grade1 winner in Hollow Tree, the 5-time winning son of Beat Hollow, is trained by Gold Cup and Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott.
Gordon trained a Grand National runner for MPR back in 2011, so it is fantastic to send him yet another class performer. The relatively lightly raced gelding was secured for what we feel is a great price at £10,000. With his Gr.1 win being over hurdles, he can continue in this discipline however, we are excited about now looking forward to his chasing career, having only had the one start to date over the bigger obstacles. He has been schooled over the cross-country fences and we are told he took to the ditches and banks like a duck to water, so these unique cross country races, which Gordon does so well in, including of course with Cheltenham Festival victory with the fantastic Cause of Causes, these races too could be on his agenda.
We feel a real edge to this gelding is his unexposed nature on the level, his last two runs on the flat were both winning ones, putting in a timeform rating of 93 and he looks open to plenty of improvement over the two-mile races on the flat. We are delighted to be part of the ever-improving Elliott team, who have recently celebrated saddling their 1,000th winner and very excited to have secured this top-class performer who still has lots of untapped potential in various disciplines.
Gordon says he has a lovely temperament, a great attitude and he is really pleased with him. He thinks he will be a really fun horse that we can mix and match what we do with him – whether that be on the flat, over hurdles, chasing or even the cross country races. He has jumped and travelled really nicely in his races and certainly looks to have retained all his enthusiasm for racing which is great to see.
Latest Trainer Update (27th May): We have discussed options with Gordon and we may look to run him on the flat over the summer months, where he looks to be well handicapped and relatively unexposed.