Gordon Elliott: Age, weight, height, girlfriend and famous controversy of racehorse trainer

Gordon Elliott was born on 2 March 1978 (43 years old). He is a National Hunt racehorse trainer based out of County Meath.

After his tenure as an amateur jockey, he earned his trainers license in 2006.

His first Grand National entry, the 33 to 1 outsider Silver Birch, won the race in 2007 when Elliot was just 29 years old.

He won the Grand National with Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019. The horse was owned by Gigginstown House Stud and was ridden by Davy Russell.

This was the first horse, apart from Red Rum, to win the race twice.

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He was also able to win the Irish Grand National, with General Principle back in 2018.

Elliot was also termed the top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017 and 2018.

In March 2021, he was involved in a controversy when a photograph of him surfaced sitting on a dead horse on his gallops in 2019.

As a result, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board imposed a twelve-month ban on Elliot and he was even suspended for six months.


Elliott’s family had very little racing experience. As a result, he is oftentimes described as Irish racing’s great “blow-in”.

He was the son of a panel-beater and was raised in Summerhill, County Meath.

His entry into the world of racing began when he was thirteen years old. He spent time working with trainer Tony Martin during his weekends and holidays.

Elliott got a license as an amateur jockey when he was sixteen years old and rode on the racecourse and in point-to-points.

Caitriona’s Choice was the first racecourse where he got his first win in a bumper at Ballinrobe.

During his career, he rode 200 point-to-point winners and 46 winners on the racecourse.

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His highlighting win was in the Punchestown Champion Bumper riding Nigel Twiston-Davies’-trained King’s Road in 1998.

He also earned five winners in the U.S.A.

During his riding career, he was mainly based with Tony Martin. However, he spent a year with trainer Martin Pipe in England.

After an injury, he retired from his jockey career in 2005.


Elliott had his first winner at Perth on 11 June 2006 after taking out his trainer’s license back in 2006. 

He went on to become the youngest trainer ever to claim victory at the Grand National on 14 April 2007. 

The winner, Silver Birch, was ridden by Robbie Power and belonged to Brian Walsh of County Kildare. 

Even after having won the Grand National, Elliott was yet to train a winner back in Ireland. His first winner in Ireland was Toran Road at Kilbeggan on 5 May 2007.

Elliot is best known for his victories over jumps but managed a major win on the flat. This was back in August 2010 when Dirar won the Ebor Handicap at York Racecourse. 

Additionally, he has also claimed wins at Royal Ascot. This was with Commissioned winning Queen Alexandra Stakes in 2016 and Pallasator claiming victory in the same race back in 2018.

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Elliott purchased the 78-acre Cullentra House Farm at Longwood, County Meath back in 2011. Here, he built a training facility that housed over 200 horses, gallops, schooling grounds, and an equine pool.

His first winner as a trainer, Chicago Grey, was at the Cheltenham Festival during the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup back in 2011. 

He also won the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup along with Don Cossack. In 2017 and 2018, he was declared the top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival.

Elliott won the Irish Grand National with General Principle, which was ridden by JJ Slevin on 2 April 2018.

The same year he also claimed victory at the Aintree Grand National with his horse Tiger Roll which was ridden by Davy Russell. It was owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.

This was after a close race beating the Willie Mullins runner Pleasant Company.

Elliott was also responsible for training the third-place horse Bless The Wings.

He won the Aintree Grand National again in 2019 with Tiger Roll. This was the only sixth repeat winner in the race’s history.

Personal life

Elliott was in a relationship with point-to-point rider Annie Bowles whom he got engaged to. He set up the Cullentra House Stables with Bowles.

However, the couple separated later and Bowels went on to marry Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander.


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On 28 February 2021, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) began an investigation into a photograph that had surfaced online.

The image showed Elliot sitting on a dead horse and making the peace sign.

Elliott went on to confirm that the photograph was authentic, issued a public apology, and revealed that he will be cooperating in the investigation.

The photograph was condemned by animal rights organization PETA and the British Horseracing Authority.

The British Horseracing Authority went on to ban Elliot from racing horses in Britain while the investigation in Ireland took place.

The investigation revealed that the photo was taken back in 2019. The horse, Morgan, was owned by Gigginstown House Stud and had died while being ridden on the gallops.

Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers stated that Elliot must be held responsible for his actions. He also stated that the photograph showed “a complete and profound error of judgment”.

Chambers told the press that he was “shocked, appalled and horrified” by the photograph and that it was disturbing when considering animal welfare.

On 5 March 2021 the IHRB, during a hearing, banned Elliott from racing for twelve months and suspended him for six months.

This left him unable to train, attend a race meeting, or point-to-point till September.

Additionally, he was asked to pay a fine of €15,000, which Elliot accepted.

Just a few days later, the stable employee who clicked the image was banned for nine months and suspended for seven.

We will update the information about Elliot’s height and weight when available.

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