Samcro leads the charge as Elliott prepares big guns for battle this winter, David Jennings gets the lowdown on the master trainer’s mighty team.
Getting chinned by Willie Mullins in the trainers’ championship should not define what Gordon Elliott achieved last season.
The campaign may have ended in heartache for Elliott once again but there was no shortage of success stories to console him.
There were the eight Cheltenham Festival winners, the joint-highest in the history of the March meeting. Or how about the 13 Grade 1s in all. And how could you forget the pint-sized Tiger Roll leaping his way to Grand National glory at Aintree. General Principle mopped up the Irish Grand National for him too and we haven’t even got to the exploits of Samcro yet.
You sense Samcro is the horse who has given Elliott most pleasure in the last 12 months. There was intense pressure heading into the Cheltenham Festival and the fact Elliott had drawn a blank on the opening day intensified that tension.
Samcro lived up to the hype by bagging the Ballymore and he now looks to be Ireland’s leading Champion Hurdle contender, unless of course connections decide to send him over fences.
Whatever decision is made, Samcro is sure to be one of the most talked about horses of the season.
“Last season was brilliant. To have eight winners at Cheltenham was incredible really. Our whole season is about Cheltenham. Everything I do centres around Cheltenham so to have eight winners there was magic,” Elliott says.
He adds: “We have an exciting team of horses this season but we wouldn’t mind a bit of rain so we can get them all started. Down Royal early next month is the meeting where I like to start a lot of my good horses so hopefully we get a bit of rain before then.”
There was an unusually slow start to the campaign. So often he is like a rocket out of the blocks and it is Mullins playing catch-up but this time around the roles are reversed after a bout of summer sickness descended on the camp.
“I missed six weeks. The horses were not right and we took a pull. I needed to do the best by the horses but by shutting up shop for two weeks we lost six weeks as the horses did absolutely nothing for a fortnight and then it took a few weeks to get them back to where they were at. It was the right thing to do, though, and they are back firing on all cylinders now,” he said.
Has the dream of becoming Ireland’s champion trainer for the first time been dashed already?
“It won’t happen this year but I am 40 years of age and it might happen some year. We are getting better quality animals into the yard and that is what matters,” comes the reply.
There is quality everywhere you look in Cullentra House. Samcro might be the star striker on the team but there are potential goalscorers in every stable. Exciting times these.
Gordon Elliott's list of Runners
A Toi Phil
Racing Post Rating 162c, 152h Official Rating: 156c, 146h
Info: Day Flight (sire) - Lucidrile (dam) Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
He always gets himself out of trouble by winning one or two every year. He's probably not a Grade 1 horse but he'll mop up a few Grade 2s and 3s as he's always done. He's paid his way for the last few years and I'd imagine he'll do that again. He's a good, fun horse to have about the place.
Info: 4g Davidoff - Cadoubelle Des As Gigginstown House Stud
He's a half-brother to a winner in France. He's been working nicely and will be ready to start off in a bumper in the next few weeks.
RPR 141h, 124c OR 126h, 116c
Info: 8g Mount Nelson - Murrieta Andrew Cohen
He's arrived from Philip Hobbs and he looks like he could be well handicapped to me. We're just waiting for a bit of rain to get him going and I've been very pleased with what he's showing me so far.
Alpha Des Obeaux
RPR 170h, 161c OR 151h, 154c
Info: 8g Saddler Maker - Omega Des Obeaux Gigginstown House Stud
He could end up in the Grand National. Mouse [Morris] did a wonderful job with him and the horse probably just wanted a change of scenery more than anything. I was pleased with his run in the Munster National and all roads will hopefully lead to Aintree.
Ange D'Or Javilex
RPR 124h, OR 109h
Info: 8g Puit D'Or - Ixia De Menil Thomas R Coleman
He hasn't been the easiest to train and he's been off for a long time but he's actually been doing one or two nice bits of work lately.
RPR 123h OR 112h
Info: 6g Beneficial - Rag's Lady Allan Snow
He won his bumper by a wide margin at Kilbeggan and has been a bit frustrating since. He's definitely up to winning a maiden hurdle before the winter horses come out.
RPR 162h OR 158h
Info: 6m Saddler Maker - Apple's For Ever Gigginstown House Stud
She'll go an identical route to the one she took last year. She'll start off in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan and then on to Fairyhouse for the Hatton's Grace, a race she won so impressively last year. She kept coming into season during the second half of last season but we think we've rectified that issue now. She's absolutely bombing at home at the moment and the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham is once again the ultimate aim.
Info: 3g Authorized - Street Lightning Gigginstown House Stud
Form: 34-13 (Flat form)
Handled deep ground when he won at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in January. He's schooled nicely and will go for a juvenile hurdle once we get a bit of rain.
Info: 7m Network - Natty Twigy Philip J Reynolds
She got a leg after she won her bumper by a wide margin in Punchestown around this time two years ago. She's back now and working away nicely. She's a nice mare and jumps particularly well.
RPR 149h, 162c OR 140h, 157c
Info: 7g Network - Pretty Moon Gigginstown House Stud
Has thrived since we sent him over fences but hurt himself when favourite at Naas in February and it will probably be Christmas by the time we get him out. He always pays his way.
RPR 144h OR 140h
Info: 7g Malinas - Kinoise D'Allier JP McManus
We're looking forward to getting this fella back out. He won his maiden hurdle at Naas like a nice horse and was second in the Challow at Newbury on New Year's Eve. He then fell at Navan and has had time off since.
Info: 5g Doyen - Battle Over Gigginstown House Stud
Form: 1/ (point form)
A lovely, big horse who won his point-to-point at Loughanmore with a bit up his sleeve. He had a little setback last season and we never got to run him but he's ready to rock in a bumper as soon as we get a bit of soft ground.
Info: 5g Fastnet Rock - Be My Queen Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran
A useful stayer on the Flat who was a bit unlucky at Punchestown last Wednesday as the winner ran right across him at the last. Should have little difficulty picking up a maiden hurdle on nice ground.
RPR 140h OR 133h
Info: 6g Beneficial - Miss Dundee C Jones
He's a bit better than his form. He's been a bit unlucky. He's going over fences and you'll see him sooner rather than later.
Info: 6m Dubai Destination - Second Best Lucky Shoe Part Three Syndicate
She won a bumper the other day at Galway and has never run a bad race for us. She'll head for a maiden hurdle now in the next few weeks.
Info: 4f Jeremy - Our Girl Salley Mrs Caren Walsh & John Lightfoot
This filly is nice. She got a bit of a cut after Punchestown in April but she's back cantering now and hopefully you will see her this side of Christmas. She already has black type.
Bless The Wings
RPR 133h, 152c OR 120h, 137c
Info: 13g Winged Love - Silva Venture Adrian Butler/S P O'Connor
He's been some servant. He was third in the Grand National and hopefully he might end up back there next April. We'll take the cross-country route with him again and I have the Pardubicka at the back of my mind for him.
Blow By Blow
RPR 152h OR 150h
Info: 7g Robin Des Champs - Shean Rose Gigginstown House Stud
He's ready to go and it will be novice chasing for him. He looks like a big winter horse who should relish deep ground but arguably his best form is on better ground. The RSA or National Hunt Chase is where we would like him to end up.
RPR 134h, 129c OR 130h
Info: 5g Milan - Derravaragh Native Gigginstown House Stud
I liked the way he got the job done at Limerick. That was his first start over fences and we'll look for a winner of one for him now.
RPR 145h, 143c OR 139h, 139c
Info: 6g Presenting - Polivalente DP Sharkey
He got a bad cut in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and it has taken a while to get him back. He doesn't have enough confidence over fences so we're going to aim him at the Greatwood at Cheltenham's November meeting.
RPR 154h OR 150h
Info: 6g Gris De Gris - Royale Video JP McManus
He has a hell of a lot of ability and shows us an awful lot at home. He had a couple of silly falls to his name which didn't help his confidence. He is back cantering away now and always works well.
RPR 140h OR 138h
Info: 7g Martaline - Saxona Pearl Bloodstock Ltd
We have had him about six weeks or so. If you look at some of his best form you would imagine he will develop into a nice, staying novice chaser.
Info: 4g Mahler - Harvard Girl Liam J Clancy
Should come on for his debut second in a Down Royal bumper and we'll look for something similar soon.
RPR 153h OR 151h
Info: 7g Stowaway - Classical Rachel Gigginstown House Stud
He's got some very, very good form. He's certainly surprised us. He shows us nothing at home. You would like to think that chasing will bring out the best in him and he's ready to go over fences now. I'm very happy with where he is at the moment.
Info: 3g Acclamation - Freedom Pass Cheveley Park Stud
He's done nothing but improve since arriving here. He was impressive at Listowel and Gowran Park. He only does what he has to do. We'll put him away for the thick of winter when the ground gets too deep and maybe have a go at the Fred Winter.
Info: 3g Elusive Pimpernel - Love Knot Chris Jones
Form: 1 (Flat form)
I'd say this fella is a fair horse. He beat Southern France in a Navan maiden last April and that form doesn't look too bad now, does it? He'll start off in a juvenile hurdle as soon as we get a bit of rain. I can't wait for that.
Info: 4g Robin Des Champs - Ghillie's Bay Gigginstown House Stud
He chased home Commander Of Fleet in the Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown. He's got very strong over the summer and will start off in a bumper in a week or two.
Commander Of Fleet
Info: 4g Fame And Glory - Coonagh Cross Gigginstown House Stud
You'd have to love the way he won the Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown. He's strengthened up a lot over the summer and the plan has always been for him to start off in a maiden hurdle at Down Royal early next month.
RPR 120h OR 124h
Info: 4g Frankel - Apsara M Booth & Miss Rachael Evans
A son of Frankel who hasn't been the easiest to train. He shows us plenty in his homework. We will be on the lookout for a winners of one hurdle race for him over the next few weeks.
Info: 6g Getaway - Coolnacarriga JP McManus
Form: 1/ (Point form)
Won a point at Tattersalls for Stuart Crawford back in November 2016 and the form of that has worked out very well. He'll start off in a maiden hurdle soon and seems nice.
RPR 128h OR 124h
Info: 4g Rip Van Winkle - Wedding Cake Mrs P Sloan
He wasn't a bad juvenile and he'll probably head to Down Royal for the valuable 2m handicap hurdle.
RPR 153h OR 150h
Info: 6g Great Pretender - Maya Du Frene Gigginstown House Stud
This is a smart horse. He could be a proper 3m staying chaser. He got a little chip which kept him out of Cheltenham but he's back cantering now and you'll hopefully see him this side of Christmas. He's a horse we like a lot here.
Info: 5m Vinnie Roe - Aliceaneileen James W Power
She's not the biggest mare you'd ever see but she's got a massive heart and she tries hard. Hopefully she can pick up a bumper.
RPR 117h, 139c OR 114h, 132c
Info: 5g Halling - Surrealism Cubomania Syndicate
A cracking syndicate horse, a real money-spinner. He's a model of consistency, is versatile and we'll continue to vary it with him.
RPR 114h, 126c OR 122h
Info: 5g Voix Du Nord - Rahana Moirette Gigginstown House Stud
Might be better than his form suggests and you'll see him in a beginners' chase in the coming weeks.
Info: 5m Bonbon Rose - Sirani David Dunsdon
Form: F/1- (point form)
She won a Lisronagh point for Aidan Fitzgerald and has been showing me decent things at home. She'll be ready to go in a bumper in about three weeks.
De Plotting Shed
RPR 153h, 140c OR 143h, 140c
Info: 8g Beneficial - Lady Willmurt Ives Ashley Vasey Partnership
He shows a lot more at home than he's been showing on the track of late. He's frustrating. We're thinking of sticking to hurdles for the time being anyway and there's a handicap hurdle at Navan next month that we're thinking of for him.
Info: 5g Saddler Maker - Glycine Bleue Gigginstown House Stud
A nice horse who won a Navan bumper before we threw him in at the deep end in a Grade 2 hurdle at Naas in February. A maiden hurdle at Down Royal early next month is on his agenda now.
RPR 150h OR 152h
Info: 5g Network - Robbe Gigginstown House Stud
I'm really looking forward to seeing this fella over a fence. He could be a lovely staying novice and it was always in my head to start him off in a beginners' chase at Down Royal early next moth but we will need some rain for that to happen.
5g Martaline - Fleur D'Ajonc JP McManus
Info: 5g Martaline - Fleur D'Ajonc JP McManus
He has bits and pieces of form but was disappointing at Fairyhouse in April and needs to bounce back from that.
RPR 155h OR 150h
Info: 7g Crillon - Diamond Turtle Danny & Eamon Partnership
He brings home a cheque every day he runs and I love that about horses. We will keep him over hurdles and you could see him end up in the Boyne Hurdle later in the season, he won that nicely last year and seems to love Navan.
Info: 5g Diamond Boy - Lovely Turf Gigginstown House Stud
A big staying chaser in the making. He made big improvement from Limerick to win by a long way at Navan and the plan is to start him off in a maiden hurdle very soon once the rain finally arrives.
Dinaria Des Obeaux
RPR 134h, 139c OR 131h, 140c
Info: 5m Saddler Maker - Indiana Jaune Gigginstown House Stud
She has a smashing season last term. She won three times over fences and really took to it. Mares chases will be her bread and butter.
Info: 5g Balko - Beni Abbes T O'Driscoll
She has a smashing season last term. She won three times over fences and really took to it. Mares chases will be her bread and butter.
Info: 10g Dr Massini - Lowroad Cross Nick Bradley Racing Club
Needs a trip and nice ground. He won four on the bounce over the last few months and we're bringing him over to Cheltenham this week for a novice hurdle.
RPR 153h, 168c OR 152h, 161c
Info: 9g Poliglote - Dalamine Gigginstown House Stud
Back in mighty form. He was absolutely flying before the Gold Cup in 2017 and unfortunately got a leg. He's back bouncing now and we're heading to Down Royal for the JNwine.com Champion Chase.
Info: 4f Stowaway - Western Whisper Edward M Walsh
She has a good pedigree. She's a sister to Outlander and should be up to winning a bumper in the coming months.
RPR 152h OR 148h
Info: 5g Great Pretender - Qena Gigginstown House Stud
We haven't made up our minds whether to go chasing or stay over hurdles with him for another year. He's only five but is every inch a chaser when you look at him. He finished last year on a high and has summered well.
RPR 124h, 155c OR 121h, 150c
Info: 7g Smadoun - Baby Sitter Gigginstown House Stud
He could tailor-made for the Troytown at Navan next month. His form fell apart in the second half of last season but he is still a Grade 2 winner over fences and is a lot better than his form says.
Duca De Thaix
RPR 142h, 129c OR 132h
Info: 5g Voix Du Nord - Nouca De Thaix Gigginstown House Stud
He works like a very, very good horse at home but he's disappointed us. I was happy with the way he jumped at Punchestown on Tuesday and he'll come on for that.
Info: 4f Meresca Sorrento Kenneth Alexander
A nice mare who we're waiting on a bit of soft ground for to run her in a maiden hurdle. She won a bumper at Gowran which worked out well.
Info: 4g Martaline - Robbie Gigginstown House Stud
He's a brother to Delta Work who came from France and works nicely. He's nice and just needs a bit of rain.
Info: 6g Cape Cross - Mowazana Gigginstown House Stud
We decided to take him out of a maiden hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday as we felt the ground was a shade too quick for him. He's working well.
Info: 4g Muhtathir - Reaction Cheveley Park Stud
Form: 1- (point form)
A gorgeous horse we like. He looked good when he won his point at Ballinaboola. He's doing everything right at home and he'll start off in a bumper as soon as the ground comes right.
Info: 7g Cape Cross - Eytarna Shane Reville
Form: A good, fun horse who will pay his way over hurdles in the coming months.
A good, fun horse who will pay his way over hurdles in the coming months.
Info: 4g September Storm - Ashdale Lark Neville Reid
Improved at Roscommon and is up to winning a bumper. Doesn't want real deep, winter ground.
Info: 5g Teofilo - Family Bredan Scully
He's having a break at the moment but will be back for the spring festivals.
Info: 4g Jukebox Jury - Floriana Gigginstown House Stud v
I know he won the Triumph Hurdle last year but I think he needs a trip and we'll be trying him over further than two miles this season. He's had a wind operation and we hope to start him off this side of Christmas, but I'm convinced he wants a trip.
Info: 4g Stowaway - Zenaide Gigginstown House Stud
Form: 1- (point form)
Won his point at Lismore by a long way and looks a nice prospect. We'll start him off in a maiden hurdle sooner rather than later. He's ready to go.
Info: 5g Maresca Sorrento - Lamadoun Gigginstown House Stud
He qualifies for some of the valuable novice hurdles and we could aim him for the final of that. He's a very nice horse and could develop into a Supreme Novices' contender once he learns to settle.
Info: 4g Doyen - Lady Goldilocks Gigginstown House Stud
He was fifth in a Punchestown bumper but he's got very strong over the summer and is a nice horse going forward.
Info: 3g Maxios - Another Name Gigginstown House Stud
A three-year-old we got off Ger Lyons. He unseated Jack [Kennedy] at the first at Ballinrobe but that was out of character as he jumps very well at home.
RPR 138h OR 133h
Info: 5g Sagamix - Sainte Kadette T O'Driscoll
This guy has got seriously strong over the summer. I like him. We're going to go novice chasing with him and he should do well at that game. He'll probably start off over 2m4f but will get 3m no problem.
RPR 154h, 148c OR 128h, 145c
Info: 11g Old Vic - Spirit Leader Core Partnership
He was very unlucky in the Irish Grand National and the plan is to run him in what used to be the Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock on Betfair Chase day.
Info: 4g Stowaway - Molly Duffy Gigginstown House Stud
Form: 41 (point form)
Won his point at the second time of asking quite easily at Dromahane and he's another ready to run in a bumper once the rain arrives.
RPR 142h, 146c OR 132h, 144c
Info: 9g Gold Well - How Provincial Gigginstown House Stud
Irish Grand National winner who is going to be very hard to place now. I suppose we'll aim him at the Grand National in Aintree this time and he could start off in the Troytown at Navan and run in all those valuable staying chases along the way to Aintree.
Info: 5g Getaway - Present Your Own John F Doyle
He wasn't right at Punchestown but he was very good at Fairyhouse when he won a proper bumper. He's been schooling nicely and you'll see him in a maiden hurdle soon. He's nice.
Info: 7g Kayf Tara - Mandys Native JP McManus
Went very close in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. He could develop into a nice staying chaser this season.
Info: 4g Presenting - Oligarch Society John Lightfoot
He'll be up to winning a bumper as soon as we get a bit of rain. He's come forward since finishing fourth in a bumper at Punchestown.
Info: 3g Sir Percy - Special Green Simon Munir & Issac Souede
Form: 629- (Flat form)
Schooling well and doing everything I have asked of him. He will go for a juvenile maiden hurdle once we get rain.
RPR 121h OR 116h
Info: 7g Kayf Tara - Princess Timon Gigginstown House Stud
I would say he's well enough treated to win a few handicap hurdles before going chasing.
RPR 140h, 139c OR 140h
Info: 6g Arcadio - Hidden Reserve Gigginstown House Stud
I loved the way he won at Fairyhouse. The second is a good horse. He could be even better over fences than he was over hurdles and we'll have to step him up in class now.
RPR 133h OR 128h
Info: 7g High Rock - Tashifiya MJ Wasylocha
Has a good strike-rate and always wins the races he should be winning, as he showed when getting up late to score at Sedgefield. He'll mix and match between Flat and hurdles. He's a good, fun horse to have around the place. You can bring him anywhere.
RPR 105h OR 95h
Info: 5m Kalanisi - Teffia Rose Pioneer Racing
She's been placed on her last couple of runs and hopefully she'll get off the mark sooner rather than later.
Info: 5g Court Cave - Bespoke Baby Gigginstown House Stud
Bit disappointing at Naas having won his bumper at Navan but I do think he's a nice horse and will appear in a maiden hurdle soon.
Isle Of Destiny
RPR 115h OR 105h
Info: 5m Gold Well - Young Amelie John F Doyle
You would have to be a little disappointed with the way she ran at Cork on Sunday, but she's better than that. I loved her attitude at Hexham when she won the time before and I'm sure we will find a suitable race for her, perhaps on the other side of the water.
Its All Guesswork
RPR 128h, 131c OR 124h, 130c
Info: 6g Mahler - La Lambertine Philip J Reynolds
He would have been placed in the Munster National only for coming down at the last. He was a bit sore after it so we'll give him a bit of time to recover. He could pick up one of those nice staying handicap chases, maybe something like the Troytown at Navan would suit. He won his beginners chase there.
RPR 150h, 157c OR 147h, 152c
Info: 7g Well Chosen - Swan Heart Sideways Syndicate
We couldn't have asked much more from him on Saturday night. We thought he would be the ideal type for the American Grand National and he proved just that. He was a high-class hurdler but he has progressed into an even better chaser and hopefully someday he might be the sort of horse who would suit an Aintree National.
RPR 122h OR 123h
Info: 4g Elusive Quality - Youre So Sweet Melissa Margolis
Was a little disappointing at Punchestown on Wednesday but he's had some summer and won loads of races. He won't race through the winter but could go for a handicap at Cheltenham if he gets in.
Info: 4g Cacique - Puzzling Susan Frost & Mrs Caren Walsh
He's won two for us. He got a little setback in the summer but he's back working now and we'll find a little hurdle for him somewhere.
6m Oscar - Shandora Mrs Caren Walsh & Grant Mercer
Info: 6m Oscar - Shandora Mrs Caren Walsh & Grant Mercer
Didn't do a whole lot wrong last year and she's going over fences now. She has the size and scope to do well chasing.
Info: 4f Saddler Maker - Sirene Du Rheu Cheveley Park Stud
Form: 1 (point form)
Won her point at Durrow nicely for Colin Bowe. She is a big, strong mare we like and you'll see her in a bumper this side of Christmas.
Info: 6g Yeats - Ella Watson Paul & Clare Rooney
A nice horse and you can forget his run at Clonmel in the summer when he wasn't right. He's a nice horse who's up to winning a maiden hurdle.
Info: 3g Lethal Force - Tanda Tula Cheveley Park Stud
Form: 54-45040 (Flat form)
A nice juvenile to go hurdling with, he's rated 102 on the Flat. He jumps really, really well and we like what we've seen from him so far.
Make My Heart Fly
RPR 130h, 114c OR 130h
Info: 6m Stowaway - Poppy Maroon Twenty Syndicate
A star through the summer. She won four in a row and acquitted herself very well in a Listed event at Gowran. She'll mix it between chases and hurdles.
Info: 4g Kalanisi - Zaffarella Cheveley Park Stud
Form: 1 (point form)
There was a lot to like about the way he won his point at Loughanmore for Stuart Crawford. This fella could be a seriously nice horse. We like him a lot.
Info: 5g Kayf Tara - Ryme Bere Gigginstown House Stud
An imposing individual we like. He'll start off in a maiden hurdle very soon and I'm looking forward to it.
RPR 151h OR 150h
Info: 5g Lope De Vega - Danielli Gigginstown House Stud
He was one of our leading novice hurdlers last season and he goes chasing now. I like what I've seen of him schooling so far. He's not slow so we'll probably keep him to two miles with the Arkle being the ultimate aim next March.
Info: 6g King's Theatre - Another Dollar JP McManus
He's back cantering away and is a nice horse to be heading into the winter months with as he handles deep ground really well.
Info: 4f Azamour - Key Stage Oghill House Stud Limited
You cannot fault her consistency in bumpers and surely one will come her way in the coming weeks.
RPR 144h OR 145h
Info: 6m Astarabad - Queen Running Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
She's back cantering away and it's great to have her back around the place. She's a classy mare who will head over fences once we get a bit of rain. She gives you everything.
RPR 140h, 123c OR 140h
Info: 4g Creachadoir - Minaloushe Gigginstown House Stud
He had jumped brilliantly before he fell at Gowran Park, which was an awful pity. That seemed to affect his confidence at Punchestown but hopefully we can get him back on track.
RPR 138h, 155c OR 132h, 151c
Info: 7g Milan - Borleagh Princess Gigginstown House Stud
He looks an ideal type for the Grand National at Aintree. He won the Thyestes in real heavy ground at Gowran and loves those testing conditions.
Info: 6g Lucarno - Molly Duffy Gigginstown House Stud
He got incredibly tired at Tipperary last week and he'll come on a ton for that. It goes without saying he's better than the bare form of that and you should see a different horse next time.
RPR 136h OR 136h
Info: 6g Stowaway - Flirthing Around Gigginstown House Stud
He's better than you have seen so far. He had an operation on his back for kissing spines but he's back cantering away now and we're looking forward to sending him over fences.
RPR 122h, 125c OR 118h
Info: 5m Court Cave - Festival Leader F Donnelly
She's a grand, honest mare who should do better over fences than she did over hurdles.
RPR 119h, 147c OR 124h, 130c
Info: 10g Wolfe Tone - Last Moon Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran
He's been a long time off the track but he's got a big engine and could be well handicapped. He's on the teamsheet for the Troytown at Navan.
RPR 151h, 160c OR 145h, 154c
Info: 9g Flemensfirth - Old Moon C Jones
The long-term plan for him is the Grand National at Aintree. He hasn't run since the Irish National in 2017 as he chipped a bone but he's back now and will tip away in handicap chases this season. He's got some really good form.
Info: 3f Most Improved - Minshar Arion Racing Club
Form: 142-06 (Flat form)
A nice dual-purpose filly who we'll go juvenile hurdling with soon.
RPR 147h, 154c OR 130c
Info: 12g Shantou - Rosepan Ives & Johnsons Partnership
He never let himself down on the ground at Limerick in the Munster National. He works well at home so we'll have another go at one of those nice staying handicap chases.
RPR 140h, 151c OR 127h, 132c
Info: 9g Multiplex - Tintera D Charlesworth
We have him pencilled in for the Cork National so that's where he'll go. He has some good back form and might not be badly treated if we can get him back to his old self.
RPR 147h, 170c OR 145h, 161c
Info: 10g Stowaway - Western Whisper Gigginstown House Stud
He owes us nothing. He's won ten times and I was thrilled with his run in the Grade 3 at Punchestown the other day. He is entered in the JNwine.com Champion Chase, a race he beat Road To Respect in last year, so he deserves a shot in that.
RPR 151h OR 147h
Info: 9g Motivator - Ela Athena Qatar Racing Limited
He did nothing but improve last season and won the Grade 2 at Fairyhouse over Easter. He seems in great nick and we might even try him over fences.
RPR 118h, 122c OR 124c
Info: 6m King's Theatre - Shannon Rose Paul & Clare Rooney
I was absolutely thrilled with her win at Cork and Denis [O’Regan] gave her a terrific ride. That's the way she likes to be ridden. She has taken really well to fences and she should continue to progress. Hopefully we can find something for her at the spring festivals.
RPR 136h OR 133c
Info: 6g Poliglote - Belle Du Roi Gigginstown House
He didn't really live up to expectations after winning his maiden hurdle at Down Royal around this time last year. We're sending him over fences and hopefully that will spark a revival.
RPR 124h, 133c OR 119h, 130c
Info: 7g Stowaway - Sharps Express Vincent Caldwell & Mrs Kathleen Caldwell
He's won eight races for us now and kept improving all last season. We've had the Cork National in mind for him for quite a while so it's all systems go for that now.
Info: 5m Well Chosen - Countess Trifaldi Gigginstown House Stud
She's a great big galloping mare who loves soft ground. We're looking forward to her going over the hurdles and winter conditions will really suit.
Prince Of Scars
RPR 163h, 139c OR 150h, 139c
Info: 8g Flemensfirth - Spirit Leader Gigginstown House Stud
He is a dual Grade 1 winner who has had plenty of problems. He is back cantering away and is ready to return this side of Christmas. He likes winter ground and we'll look for a nice chase for him somewhere.
Info: 5g Arakan - Oiselina Armagh Bhoys Partnership
He has been placed in a few bumpers and hopefully we can spot a nice opportunity for him somewhere in a maiden hurdle.
RPR 135h, 150c OR 135c
Info: 10g Presenting - Carrigeen Kohleria Gigginstown House Stud
He tanked through the Kerry National and they probably didn't go quick enough for him at Limerick and it didn't really turn into a test. Hopefully he can land a big pot at some stage this season.
Info: 6g Germany - Dun Dun Gigginstown House Stud
We're really looking forward to getting him started. He's got a lot stronger over the summer and will definitely return at Down Royal – whether that's in the WKD Hurdle or the beginners chase over 2m4f I'm not 100 per cent sure yet. I'll have a chat with Michael and Eddie [O'Leary] over the next few days and we'll make a decision together. He didn't do much wrong last year, his only blip came at Punchestown and that could happen to any horse. Everyone knows what I think of him and hopefully he can continue to show everyone how good he is.
Info: 4g Saint Des Saints - La Passeroie D Charlesworth
Third to Commander Of Fleet – one of ours – in a Punchestown bumper. He's a nice type who looks up to winning a bumper.
RPR 141h, 159c OR 136h, 153c
Info: 7m Yeats - Tracker Gigginstown House Stud
We knew she would do better over fences than she did over hurdles but I suppose we never thought she would win two Grade 1s and be a Cheltenham Festival winner. In saying that, I did really fancy her for the JLT and I actually put her up at a few Cheltenham preview nights I was on. We'll start her off in the chase for second-season novices at Down Royal next month and what she does there will probably decide what path we take with her. She probably needs to improve a bit to be a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender but it's not out of the question.
RPR 126h OR 119h
Info: 5g Silver Frost - Suerte Royal's & Blue Syndicate Silver Star
Really consistent sort who will hold his own in his own grade.
Sire Du Berlais
RPR 144h OR 142h
Info: 6g Poliglote - Royale Athenia JP McManus
The best of his form is quite useful. He was fourth in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham and he's not a bad sort.
Info: 3f Rock Of Gilbraltar - Gift Dancer Gordon Elliott Racing Club
She keeps winning. The plan is to go to Aintree with her now for a mares' Listed hurdle and try pick up some black type.
Info: 4g Soldier Hollow - Sag Sun Gigginstown House Stud
Form: 2- (point form)
Second to Malone Road in a Loughanmore point and looks suite useful. He's ready to start off in a bumper soon and has had a wind operation.
Info: 5g Shantou - Back Log Gigginstown House Stud
His jumping was a bit novicey at Fairyhouse last time and it might not be the worst thing in the world that he was beaten as we would have had to go straight for a graded race.
RPR 134h, 136c OR 122h, 135c
Info: 8g Flemensfirth - Shuil A Hocht C Jones
There could be a big day in this fella and he'll run in all those valuable staying handicap chases.
RPR 141h, 141c OR 141h, 138c
Info: 7g Martaline - Samansonnienne JP McManus
It hasn't happened for him so far but it will happen for him some day. He's been frustrating but his luck has to change. There's a nice pot in him.
RPR 116h OR 117h
Info: 4g Mastercraftsman - Snoqualmie Star Thomond Racing Syndicate
He's coming along nicely and I think he can win again before the real winter stuff starts.
RPR 130h OR 128h
Info: 5g Fracas - Misty Native Mrs Caren Walsh & John F Doyle
I thought he ran well the other day at Punchestown and there will hopefully be a nice handicap in him somewhere along the way.
RPR 128c, 120h OR 124c, 102h
Info: 10g Millenary - Otorum Mrs Finola Murphy & Mrs Ann Marie McManus & Mrs Tahnee Grant
We took him out of a race at Cork on Sunday because the ground was a little on the quick side. I have no doubt he will pay his way in 2m Handicap chases when there is a bit more cut in the ground.
RPR 161h, 141c OR 158h
Info: 7g Mahler - Glebe Beauty JP McManus
He has missed a bit of time but we are looking forward to getting him back on the right road. He is a nice horse and we have yet to decide what route we are going to take with him.
RPR 118h, 133c OR 109h, 124c
Info: 10g Milan - Creative Approach Noel Gerard Moran
A very consistent sort who might go to Cheltenham at the end of the week for a handicap chase.
RPR 126h, 120c OR 124h, 123c
Info: 6m Azamour - Censored David Spratt & Kevin McMunigal & Mary Hopkins
A useful enough mare who did well over hurdles and didn't take long to win over fences. She will probably mix and match between handicap hurdles and chases.
Info: 6m Stowaway - A Plus Ma Puce JP McManus
Info: 4g Martaline - Rainallday Gigginstown House Stud
Form: 12- (point form)
A big, strong, staying sort who won his point at Lingstown for Donnacha Doyle. We'll pop him into a bumper as soon as we get a bit of rain.
Info: 5g Court Cave - Megans Joy JP McManus
Form: RPR 121h OR 117h
He got the job done nicely in a maiden hurdle at Bellewstown and hopefully there is more to come. He won a point at Cragmore a few years ago so he could develop into a nice chaser.
RPR 148h, 161c OR 142h, 155c
Info: 7g Shantou - Bally Bolshoi Mrs P Sloan
Did us proud last year, winning at Cheltenham and then landing a Grade 1 at Punchestown, although I think we all know he was very lucky there given what happened to Al Boum Photo. He could be tricky enough to place this year but he'll definitely start off in the chase for second-season novices at Down Royal next month and we'll take it from there
RPR 100h OR 90h
Info: 6m Scorpion - Toniberoli B Mannion & Brendan O'Grady
I've got a great kick out of her winning her last few races. I still think she's quite well handicapped and could win a few more. She's improving fast.
RPR 150h, 160c OR 140h, 159c
Info: 8g Authorized - Swiss Roll Gigginstown House Stud
He's absolutely bouncing, you wouldn't believe how well he is in himself. He's loving life. It takes some horse to win at three Cheltenham Festivals and then a Grand National. I suppose we'll go down a similar route to last year. We'll keep him to cross-country races. He's still only eight and we could get a couple more years out of him doing that job if we mind him.
RPR 139h, 143c OR 132h, 132c
Info: 6g Golden Lariat Gigginstown House Stud
He was unlucky to be disqualified at Kilbeggan during the summer. He lost his confidence after an early mistake at Limerick last time. Hopefully we can get him right for the Troytown at Navan.
Info: 5m Yeats - Connaught Hall Gigginstown House Stud
She's a grand mare who we're looking forward to running in a maiden hurdle. She should have a good season ahead. She has ability and should have a good season ahead.
RPR 153h, 153c OR 143h, 144c
Info: 8g Robin Des Champs - Connaught Hall Gigginstown House Stud
Form: RPR 153h, 153c OR 143h, 144c
We thought the world of him early on and he has been a bit frustrating as we all know what he's capable of. It was great to see him get his head back in front the other day at Limerick and that will do his confidence the world of good. We'll mix and match it between hurdles and fences.
RPR 127h, 153c OR 139h, 147c
Info: 10g Martaline - Gazelle Lulu Simon Munir & Issac Souede
He'll go hunter chasing and run in cross-country races. He should be a good, fun horse. It's unbelievable that he has yet to win a race for us.
Info: 3g Lethal Force - Highland Starlight J A Mooney & Raymond Moore Jnr & Raymond C Moore
Not a bad sort on the Flat for Ger Lyons and he will come on for his first start for us over hurdles at Down Royal.
Info: 4g Vision D'Etat - Hembra Gigginstown House Stud
He won in France and he looks like he could be a proper horse. We like the look of what we've seen so far.
RPR 113h OR 112h
Info: 6g Westerer - Cailins Honour Cheveley Park Stud
Arrived from Jimmy Moffatt's and hopefully there will be a handicap hurdle in him off his mark. They will have plenty of fun with him.
RPR 133h OR 129h
Info: 6g Oscar - Presenting Proform Mrs Caren Walsh & John F Doyle
He might jump a fence sooner rather than later but he'll pay his way over hurdles too.
RPR 133h OR 129h
Info: 7g Fleetwood - Millbrook Marble Gigginstown House Stud
He showed a good attitude to win at Galway the other day and he will be part of my Troytown team