Sunday 30 April 2017

VIDEO: 'Stupid question' - Gordon Elliott asked if Gigginstown will give him added help to beat Willie Mullins to trainers title

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Gordon Elliott has dreaming of his first Irish trainer's title but won't allow himself to really think about until the final day of the season at Punchestown in April.

Elliott is around €365,000 ahead of Willie Mullins in the race for the title and is expected to have a very strong hand in this year's Irish national at Fairyhouse.

For those reasons, he is a strong favourite to dethrone Mullins.

"It's something that you dream about since you're young to be champion trainer but I've my feet firmly on the ground. Of course you think about it," he said.

"I've got the utmost respect for Willie and the firepower he has. He's still going to be very hard to beat but I'll see what happens."

Asked if he aware that he was the hot favourite, he said: "Ye keep telling me every day I go racing.

"Of course you think about it but it's not something I'm going to talk about until the last day at Punchestown.

"We have to give it a rattle if we have a chance. I've said it before about the respect I have for Willie and I've been asked about it last year and the year before and I thought it would take me 10 years for it to happen."

He was asked if Gigginstown would give him added assistance in winning the title if it meant beating Willie Mullins to the crown after their acrimonious split earlier this season.

"Gigginstown and Willie still get on grand. I haven't even thought about that sort of thing, that's a stupid question to be asking."

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