Gordon Elliott – My Five To Follow At Cheltenham

We were very busy this morning with our pre-Cheltenham press day in the yard. It’s hard to believe that most of the work is done now and it’s just two weeks until the Festival.

Anyone who has ever clicked onto my BoyleSports blog will know how highly I rate both Don Cossack and No More Heroes.

They are two class acts, but we have a very strong team going over for the supporting races as well.

Away from Don Cossack and No More Heroes, the horses I’d be following from our yard would be as follows.

Our Father
Everything he has done he has done it well. I think he will run well in the Kim Muir and it’s very encouraging that all of his best runs seem to come when he is fresh. Nina Carberry will ride him.

Diamond King
He goes for the Coral Cup. He’s had a lovely preparation for the race and the form of his last run has worked out quite well. We aren’t quite sure who will ride him yet, but he’s in very good form and I’m really happy with him.


He goes for the Pertemps. He could have to carry a bit of weight in the race so Jack Kennedy will probably ride him. He ran well in the Coral Cup last year at Cheltenham so obviously he likes the track. He has a good each way chance.

Desoto County
He ran very well in a valuable handicap hurdle at Leopardstown the last day but he didn’t enjoy much luck in running. He seems to be very well and the plan is to go straight to the County Hurdle.

Noble Endeavour
He will go for the four miler on the opening day all being well. We won the race last year with Cause Of Causes so hopefully we can do the same with this fella. He was beaten narrowly by Killultagh Vic in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle last year, and we all know how good he looked this season, so hopefully we have a live chance in the four miler. Jamie Codd rides.

Mad To Win The Martin Pipe
I’m just waiting to see the weights for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle again this year but I have entered plenty into the race. I would love to win the race after working for the Pipes before. I have been second in the race twice before so hopefully we can run the right one in the race this year!