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Racing Secretary - Gordon Elliott Racing

Getting to Know the Staff – Busty

  1. What is your favourite horse from Cullentra, past and present? Ravenhill and Don Cossack
  2. What’s the best things about working here? Getting to go to all the big meetings like Cheltenham and meetings in America
  3. If you could do any profession outside of racing, what would you do? Be a golfer
  4. Best moment from Cullentra? Newton Bridge winning at Perth in 2007
  5. How long have you worked here? Too long
  6. Whats the best and worst thing about working with Gordon? He’s great to get the winners but He can be very impatient
  7. Who’s the best character on the yard? Cossie
  8. Favourite track? Leopardstown
  9. Pick a horse from another yard you’d love to have here? Champ
  10. Favourite drink? Vodka and Redbull
  11. Who has the worst dress sense in the yard? Barney

12. Your four dinner guests: Tiger Woods, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Ratajkowski and Cossie

By |2020-04-02T08:07:01+01:00April 2nd, 2020|

Getting to know the staff – Alex Hutter

    1.  What is your favourite horse from Cullentra, past and present? Cubomania and Run Wild Fred
    2. What’s the best things about working here? Celebrating plenty of winners
    3. If you could do any profession outside of racing, what would you do? Be a physio
    4. Best moment from Cullentra? Leading up two graded winners in the space of three days – Cracking Smart and Run Wild Fred
    5. How long have you worked here? 2 and a half years
    6. Whats the best and worst thing about working with Gordon? The best thing about Gordon is he is very generous, but he is also very impatient
    7. Who’s the best character on the yard? Busty
    8.  Favourite track? Newton Abbott
    9.  Pick a horse from another yard you’d love to have here? Easysland
    10. Favourite drink? Sauvignon Blanc
    11. Who has the worst dress sense in the yard? Jack Madden when he wears his socks and slides
    12. Your four dinner guests: Jeremy Clarkson, Nicky Henderson, Jennifer Saunders and Mouse O’Ryan

 

 

By |2020-04-01T10:59:04+01:00April 1st, 2020|

Getting to know the Staff

  1.  What is your favourite horse from Cullentra, past and present? Samcro and Ballbriggan
  2. What’s the best things about working here? Bringing good horses racing
  3. If you could do any profession outside of racing, what would you do? Driving the truck for panda waste
  4. Best moment from Cullentra? Driving horses for Gordon when he had his first across the card four timer
  5. How long have you worked here? Since the start
  6. Whats the best and worst thing about working with Gordon? He can be a bollox at times but hes not a bad bollox
  7. Who’s the best character on the yard? Jack Madden
  8.  Favourite track? Perth
  9.  Pick a horse from another yard you’d love to have here? Ourmanmassini
  10. Favourite drink? Pints of Heinekin
  11.  Who has the worst dress sense in the yard? Paddy Byrne
  12. Your four dinner quests: Eamon walters, Cossie McGivern, Pat Clarke and Kevin O’Neill.
By |2020-03-31T08:42:19+01:00March 31st, 2020|

Getting to know the staff at Cullentra

Mary Nugent

  1.  What is your favourite horse from Cullentra, past and present? No More Heros and Tiger Roll
  2. What’s the best things about working here? Working with good horses and good people.
  3. If you could do any profession outside of racing, what would you do? I would be a vet.
  4. Best moment from Cullentra? Don Cossack winning the Gold Cup
  5. How long have you worked here? 7 years
  6. Whats the best and worst thing about working with Gordon? Worst thing is he blows his top easily, best thing is he forgets about it quickly.
  7. Who’s the best character on the yard? Jack Madden
  8.  Favourite track? Fairyhouse
  9.  Pick a horse from another yard you’d love to have here? Honeysuckle
  10. Favourite drink? Pink Gin
  11.  Who has the worst dress sense in the yard? Busty, neon colours aren’t for everyone.
  12.  Name your four dinner party guests? David Attenborough, Noel Fitzpatrick, AP McCoy and Gerry Kelly the vet.
By |2020-03-30T16:13:36+01:00March 30th, 2020|

Tuesday 24th March

Today we have 6 runners for a soft to heavy Clonmel, which is nearly one for ever race.

COOLAGH PARK seeks to break his maiden tag over hurdles after finishing a distant 2nd last time out. Although he was 19L behind the winner he managed to put 7ls between him and his closest rival in third. Keith Donoghue has been booked to ride.

For the next maiden hurdle we have IMMORTALITY who we’ve decided to claim off with Kevin Brogan and his 7lbs claim. She doesn’t look the most straight forward type but we hope she can find a bit of improvement.

We don’t have any runners in the third race and move on to the fourth where we have EMPIRE BURLEQUE. This horse had a baptism of fire on his debut over fences and made plenty of mistakes. He’s had a bit more schooling and hopefully that’s done the trick, Keith will ride.

The feature of the day is the Boylesports Chase over 2m3f where we have DEATH DUTY and Luke Dempsey. It’s a small but hot field and this horse ran well at Cheltenham before getting tired at the end.

ROBIN DEUZ POIS was a winner last time out over in the UK and she will be partnered by Sean O’Keeffe in the opportunity chase. She remains in good form and goes here with the hope of getting in the frame.

Finally we have FRONTAL ASSAULT in the bumper. Third behind the Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow last time out at Fairyhouse. There could be a few nice ones in here but the bit of racecourse experience will serve him well.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck and for a safe return.

By |2020-03-24T09:13:23+00:00March 24th, 2020|

Sunday 22nd of March

We may not be having an English Grand National this year but Downpatrick are providing us with a wonderful Ulster National card. We won’t have anything for the first race but have plenty for some of the rest.

For the WKD Rated Hurdle we have 3 runners in a field of 11. ROAD TO DUBAI was a 6L winner last time out in Perth back in September and returns with 5lbs claimer Sean O’Keeffe in the saddle. TEXARD didn’t quite have the going he wanted last time but should appreciate the testing ground here and will be partnered by Keith Donoghue. Finally we have THE VERY MAN was a welcomed winner last time out when scoring by 3Ls and he will be partnered by Davy Russell.

HELL ON EARTH goes for the handicap hurdle next, in another full field of 15. He has 10lbs to find with Dollar Value but the conditions shousl be in his favour. Davy Russell has been booked to ride. Next up is the feature race, the Randox Ulster National over 3m4f. Our top weight horse is GUN DIGGER who had his first win in two years at Leopardstown last time out. We’ve decided to claim off him with Gavin Brouder. GENERAL PRINCIPLE ran really well the last day to finish 4th. He looks like he’s coming into a nice bit of form now and Sean O’Keeffe rides and takes off 5lbs. CHEB DE KERVINIOU was unlucky not to win last time out in the same race. It looked like things just went a little wrong at the last fence and that was all it took to loose first place. He tries very hard and Rachael Blackmore has formed a great partnership with the horse. ITS ALL GUESSWORK will be running for the first time over the longer distance and will be ridden by Davy Russell. OUT SAM ran a huge race at Cheltenham to run on for 3rd in the Cross Country, he will be ridden by Jamie Codd. Finally we have POORMANS HILL who will be partnered by Kevin Brogan, who takes of a valuable 7lbs.

We don’t have anything for the next two races but move on to the bumper where we have two. BALLYADAM was a bit keen last time out and didn’t get to show us what he was made of. He is a nice horse and we home he can improve from that run. FIDJI EMERY hasn’t shown us much and we have decided to put cheek pieces on to try an put a spark into him, Lisa O’Neill will ride.

We wish everyone the very best of luck and a safe return.

By |2020-03-20T12:10:56+00:00March 22nd, 2020|

Saturday 21st March

We return to racing today for the only meeting in Europe today. We are incredibly lucky to be given the go ahead to run today and take each day as it comes. A big thank you must go to the racecourses for facilitating this and all the medical staff and board members for agreeing to do so. Today’s meeting comes from Thurles and it looks an excellent 7 card meeting.

Our first runner is FAKIERA in the Opportunity Maiden hurdle who wasn’t beaten too far last time out when 2nd. This looks a particularly hot opportunity hurdle as there are some nice horses trying to grab some prize money while they can. We have booked Sean O’Keeffe who will be able to claim 2lbs.

Next up we have two runners in the BetVictor Hurdle over 2m6f. FEROCIOUS will be well suited if this turns out to be a slog so any further ease in the ground would be appreciated by him. Gavin Brouder claims 7lbs. CARTWRIGHT might find himself well in on ratings here and will have 5lbs claimer Sean O’Keeffe on board.

SPORTY YANKEE goes for the 2m6f handicap hurdle in a full field of 16. Davy Russell has been booked to ride and he might have his work cut out for him in this. The horse should appreciate the going and hopefully the do well.

DALLAS DES PICTONS missed Cheltenham and there was only 1L separating 1-4 in a Grade 3 last time out. He is in good form at the moment and hopefully he has a bit more luck this time around. The pair at the top of the field look big dangers so we hope he can squeeze into the frame.

We don’t have anything for the next race and move on to the Beginners Chase where DORTMUND PARK takes his chance. This looks another hot race with some nice horses. It’s a beginners race so there’s sure to be a bit of drama but hopefully we can get around safely.

Finally in the bumper we have GEVREY. This horse travelled well last time before going wide around the bend at Naas but that race experience should give him the edge over some of these newcomers. Paddy Vaughan rides and claims 7lbs.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best and hope every stay safe in these uncertain times.

By |2020-03-20T11:31:59+00:00March 21st, 2020|

Tuesday 17th March

Happy St. Patricks Day, albeit a slightly quieter one! The virus outbreak has turned the world upside down and we’re very fortunate to be allowed continue racing. It ensures we still have a job in the morning and we’re taking every precaution on the yard to make sure no one comes into harms way. Today we have runners at two meetings, one in Down Royal and the other in Wexford. Both are being run behind closed doors.

For Down Royal we have 5 runners in a very healthy card and we kick off with the last time winner METAL MAN in the third race. This horse sprung a bit of a surprize last time after a very disappointing run where he had excuses. This will be his debut in handicapping company and he is the only juvenile in the field so gets a weight allowance. It will be tough to run against the seasoned handicappers. Hopefully he can put up a good performance against his older rivals and Denis O’Regan will ride.

We skip a race and have two runners in the five field Racing TV Chase. American Grand National winner JURY DUTY  hasn’t had the greatest time of it recently and drops down in grade here and will be ridden by Sean Flanagan. A similar story could be written for MONBEG NOTORIOUS who will be ridden by Denis O’Regan. It’ll be a huge advantage to have two runners in this small field.

Finally we have two in the bumper, BETH HORAN and IMPERIAL ALLURE. Beth has been very consistent and has slowly climbed the ladder where she was 2nd last time out. We’ve decided to claim off her with Paddy Vaughan who takes off 7lbs. Imperial Allure will be the choice of Lisa O’Neill. This mare is also finding improvement in her runs and hopefully this will be another.

We start racing a bit earlier over in Wexford, where FLYING RISK runs in the mares maiden hurdle and will be off a high weight then some. The ground was a bit heavy for her last time and the drying conditions will definitely suit her. We hope she can get her head in the frame, Davy Russell will take the ride.

Our next runners come in the third race where we have a pair of juveniles for the novice handicap hurdle. INSANE BOLT and MOGHRAM will both get weight for age allowances here and will be near the bottom of the weights. Luke Dempsey will ride Insane Bolt while Rachael Blackmore will be on Moghram.

We have another pair for the next race, the Micheal O’Murchadha Memorial Handicap Hurdle. TEXARD didn’t drop in the ratings after his last run and will be near the head of the weights here. It’s only a small field and he will be ridden by Davy Russell. ZAMBEXI FIX should appreciate the ground as a big horse who can slog through it, Luke Dempsey will hopefully get a nice tune out of him.

Lastly we have ANYTHING IS LIKELY in the bumper who will be partnered by Jamie Codd, this will be the first runner for the gelding and hopefully it can be a good one.

We wish all our runners and riders the very best of luck and thank everyone for allowing us to continue to do our jobs in the uncertain time. We are doing our best to help keep the infection rates down while still running a business.

By |2020-03-17T11:31:50+00:00March 17th, 2020|
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