Gordon Elliot is a renowned racehorse trainer and former jockey from Ireland. He initially started working as an amateur jockey and later became a trainer in 2006. Gordon has won many international titles including few in the US and Great Britain. However, most of his victories have come in Ireland.
Interestingly, Gordon got good success with Tiger Roll and he has won many Grand Nationals with the team. They have the distinction of winning Grand National for consecutive years. Even though he faced few controversies in the later stages of his career, he still has a big name as a trainer across the world.
Gordon Elliot was born on the 2nd of March 1978 in Ireland. Gordon Elliot’s current age is 44 years.
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Gordon Elliot started his primary education in his hometown Summerhill in County Meath region. He developed good interest in horse racing even though there was no member in his family who was into this profession. At the young age of 13, he started working for renowned trainer Tony Martin during his free time.
Gordon later got his own licence after three years of training and started working as an amateur jockey. He got good success and worked for many years winning many races. He later moved into training profession and currently participates in events in Ireland and other countries like the US and Great Britain.
Gordon Elliot hails from a middle class family based in County Meath region of Ireland. His father worked panel beater and his mother was a housewife. He has not revealed much details about his parents and siblings.
Girlfriend, Wife and Relationships
Gordon Elliot is currently single and not dating any person. However, he was earlier in a relationship with Annie Bowles. Annie worked as a rider and both of them even became business partners when they setup Stables named Cullentra House. However, they later got separated and the engagement was cancelled.
Gordon Elliot is very tall and his height is around 5.10 feet. He weighs around 75 kgs but it was lesses when he was active as a jockey. He has a huge built and broad shoulders. He is very fair and has short blonde hair. He is well known for his casual appearance during public outings.
Gordon Elliot started his career by working as an assistant for Tony Martin. Gordon assisted Tony during his free time on holidays and also started working with the trainer during weekends. This was when Gordon was just 13 years old. After working for over few years with his trainer, Elliot got the licence to work as a amateur jockey and started riding horses on the racecourse. He initially participated in the point to points category.
At the age of 16, Gordon had won his won race at Ballinrobe event. In the ear 1998, he got his big success with the victory at “Punchestown Champion bumper” on King’s Road. He was able to secure more than 5 victories in other countries including the US. He had a total 200 point to point victories and other 46 titles.
In 2005, Gordon decided to end his career as a jockey as he wanted to become a trainer. He got the licence in the next year and managed to win the Perth race event in the same year. When he managed to secure victory at Grand National in the year 2007, he was the youngest trainer in the category.
However, he managed to secure his first victory in Ireland in the year 2007. He trained Torad Road and managed to secure the first victory. The interesting thing about his training was that he was very good with jumps and had a good track record in that category. However, he also got victories with flat.
After having a successful career as a trainer, he managed to rent a yard in his hometown and started his own training facility. This had over 200 horses and other facilities required for racecourse training including a pool. The training facility was setup in a massive 78 acre farm in County Meath area. This was in 2011 and he was able to secure good victories after this setup.
Gordon regularly participated in the Cheltenham Festival events and managed to win several titles. Some of his top victories include Cheltanham Gold Cup in the year 2016 and National Hunt Chase Challenge. He got recognition as the top trainer for many years. Later victories included Aintree Grand National title along with Irish Grand National title. He got good success with Tiger Roll during many events.
The net worth of Gordon Elliot is around $2 million. He has worked as a jockey in the early stages of his career and later also worked as trainer for many race horses. He has earned numerous awards and lot of money in his career through his work. He owns many luxury cars and other properties in Ireland.
Facts and Information
When Tiger Roll won the Grand National title in 2018 and also in the year 2019, it became the first one to win the race 2 times. Earlier, Red Rum had won similar competition twice. This was a big achievement for Gordon also also jockey Davy Russell.
Gordon received several recognitions in his career. He became the top trainer in both 2017 and 2018 at the Cheltenham Festival event. Other than that, he managed to win the title at Irish Grand National in the year 2018.
The Meath Sportsperson of the Year award is given to professionals who achieve great success in different categories in the region. In Gordon’s career, he won this award for the first time in 2007. After that, he also managed to win the award again in 2018 and 2019.
Gordon Elliot got into troubles with PETA and other animal rights organizations around the country when a photo showing him sitting on a dead horse became viral. He however apologized for the incident. He got a six month suspension and a one year ban for that incident and also paid fine.
In the year 2021, another controversy erupted with the BBC Panorama program that showed racehorses being sent to abattoir. Some of the horses belonged to the Elliot Training Camp and he faced lot of criticism for the incident.