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Gordon Elliott crowned leading trainer at 2017 Cheltenham Festival


Irish handler Gordon Elliott has been crowned the Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

 

Elliott, along with Willie Mullins, had six winners at The Festival but was declared leading trainer because he had three seconds at the meeting against Mullins' two.

 

The Irish handler has had a superb week at the Festival, courtesy of victories from horses including Apple's Jade in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle and the J P McManus-owned Cause Of Causes, who became just the fourth horse in Prestbury's Park rich heritage to win three different races in succession at The Festival, emulating Flying Bolt, Bobs Worth and Vautour.

 

A delighted Elliott said: "To win the trainer award is something special. Willie is an amazing man and a gentleman. I haven't seen him yet but I am sure he will congratulate me.

 

"It is great to do. We are absolutely thrilled and it's unbelievable.

 

"It is a credit to the staff, horses and owners I have. I am very lucky to be part of a big team. We will enjoy this.

 

"I was hoping for one winner coming over. I was hoping to get it early as well and we got it in the first race. Everything else has been a bonus.

 

"Apple's Jade [OLBG Mares' Hurdle] winning was sweet. Cause Of Causes [Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase] was special and to win the Martin Pipe [winner Champagne Classic] after working for Martin and being good friends with the whole team there is special.

 

"We had three winners on Tuesday and went a bit too hard Tuesday night. We haven't had a drink since because we were that shook!

 

"When we get home now, we will have a party with all the staff."

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