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 hails from a completely non-equine related background and began his career in racing as an amateur jockey, learning his trade from Tony Martin and Martin Pipe – two extremely influential men on his career to date. Despite enjoying much success in the saddle, training was always Gordon’s long-term aim and in the latter years of his riding career he began training point to pointers. In 2006 he took out his trainers’ license and the following year, incredibly won the Aintree Grand National with Silver Birch. At this stage, Gordon had yet to train a winner in Ireland and had only a handful of winners in England! At the time the empathic win could have been classed as a stroke of luck however during the years since, Gordon has silenced his doubters with hundreds of winners in Ireland and England, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Kerry National, the Galway Plate, the Punchestown Gold Cup, the Melling Chase, the Triumph Hurdle and the Coral Cup – just to name a few! With numerous winners at the Cheltenham, 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, in 2008 and having a Royal Ascot winner in 2016.
Having a famous titanic tussle with Willie Mullins for the 2016/2017 Jumps trainer title, kept Gordon in the headlines in the first half of 2017 and now having saddled his first 2 year old winner in Ireland, the Gordon Elliott stable look to be a force to be reckoned with across both disciplines and we are delighted to have another horse with the team this year.