Gordon bought his own farm at Cullentra house in Longwood co. Meath in 2011 and has since developed it into a world class training establishment. The facilities are second to none and the quiet and picturesque surroundings make it an ideal setting for training horses. Gordon has built up the yard almost from scratch and now has capacity for almost 200 horses, with 2 gallops, 3 schooling grounds, an equine pool and natural spa.
Gordon Elliott began his racing career as a teenager, working for Tony Martin at weekends and during school holidays. Having taken out his amateur rider’s license at the age of 16, he went on to be a prolific rider both in the point-to-point field and on the racecourse. He rode a total of 46 winners on the racecourse, with the highlight being his win in the Punchestown Champion Bumper on the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained King’s Road in 1998. He also and also rode as an amateur for Martin Pipe. Having hung up his riding boots at the end of 2005, he began to concentrate on his new career as a trainer the following year. Gordon Elliott came to worldwide attention when training Silver Birch (Robbie Power) to win the Aintree Grand National in 2007, a success made all the more remarkable by the fact that, at the time, he had yet to train a winner in Ireland. Gordon trained five winners in Britain before his first success at home.
He has trained multiple Cheltenham Festival winners and he was the leading trainer at the Festival for the first time in 2017 with six wins. With numerous winners also at the Aintree, Galway and Punchestown Festivals he is by all accounts a National Hunt trainer but that didn’t stop him winning Europe’s richest flat handicap, the Ebor and having a Royal Ascot winner too!
Gordon became the first trainer to capture all three Grade 1s on the card at the Winter Festival at Fairyhouse. On Sunday, December 3, 2017, he won the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle with Mengli Khan (Jack Kennedy), the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle with Apple’s Jade (Jack Kennedy) and the Drinmore Novice Chase with Death Duty (Davy Russell).
Gordon won the most valuable race on the Irish calendar when General Principle, ridden by JJ Slevin, won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018. It was his first success in the race. A treble at Downpatrick on Sunday, March 25, 2018 saw Gordon set a new record of 194 winners in a season. He reached the 200 winner mark, the first trainer to do so in a National Hunt season, for the 2017/2018 season when the Declan Lavery-ridden Portnablagh won the Cork & Waterford Mares’ Point-To-Point INH Flat Race at Cork on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018.
Tiger Roll, a three-time Cheltenham Festival winner, gave Gordon his second success in the Aintree Grand National when winning under Davy Russell on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Asked at The Cheltenham Festival about how he is so successful, Gordon replied "Good horses, good owners, good staff-keep it simple!" Congratulations to Gordon and his team on a wonderful 8 winner week.