On Saturday he returns to chasing to meet the likes of the recent Cheltenham winner Cause of Causes in addition to ante-post favourite, the David Pipe-trained Vieux Lion Rouge.
Not for the first time Gavin Cromwell and fellow Meath trainer Gordon will duel on the track, but their friendship goes back much further than racing and Cromwell remembers spending their childhood days hunting hard with the Ward Union.
They have remained good friends ever since and Cromwell is now head farrier to the Elliott empire.
While Elliott later learned the ropes in racing with Tony Martin, Cromwell spent his summers on the Curragh with Dessie Hughes. From there he travelled to the UK and Australia, working for the likes of Ben Hambury in Newmarket and Johnny Meagher in Melbourne.
It was while down under that Cromwell began to take an interest in the art of farriery, eventually returning home to take up an apprenticeship with Anthony Lynch.
"At that stage I knew I was not going to be a full-time jockey so I decided to train to be a farrier and at the same time pick up a few point-to-point rides - and winners!" he noted.
Following on from his uncle Jerry who also trained, Cromwell did not take long to get the bug and by 2006 he was out on his own, and with his own facilities.
"I had taken the plunge in 2005 and bought the 15 acres where I am now. I was also shoeing full-time which was just as well as it helped to finance it."
He fondly remembers Dodder Walk providing him with his first winner on home soil in May of that year, with Arresting earlier landing the spoils across the water in Perth.
"Then everything collapsed and at one stage I was down to one horse. I am just glad I had the farrier work to keep me going - otherwise it would have been a disaster as I had just expanded the place."
Other notable residents include Balrath Hope, winner of the Ulster Oaks in 2012, and Sretaw, winner of the Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh in 2014.
Two years later and Cromwell had hit the big time with his first Grade 1 success thanks to Jer's Girl who romped home in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares' Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse before adding to it the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.
By the season's end he had a tally of 14 winners under NH rules, with several others on the Flat making him the much talked-about trainer of 2016.
From humble beginnings, Gavin Cromwell is now almost full to capacity with some 40 horses in training, with a good number of those two-year-olds ready to make their debut this summer.
"We have a lovely bunch of horses in at the moment," he said, "but finding staff to ride and work in the yard is proving very difficult.
"While the farrier work has given me a chance to build up the business I am now trying to juggle the two which makes the days rather long."
Four years ago he built a two-storey house beside the yard where he lives with his wife Kiva, a beauty therapist, and three young children - Jake (5), Sophie (3) and Camron (2).
Once Aintree has come and gone, Cromwell will then turn his attention to the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.
"If anything goes wrong early at Aintree we can re-route Raz De Maree to the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday but we will also hopefully have Jer's Girl, Highland Fling and Elusive Ivy for the meeting."
Unlucky to have fallen at Cheltenham when only three from home, Jer's Girl is almost certain to return to her old stomping ground for the Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle. Highland Fling, meanwhile, will be aimed at the two-mile handicap chase on Easter Sunday.
"We definitely have a couple going to Fairyhouse with a good chance. It's always a lovely, local meeting so it would be nice to have a few winners there again this year," he concluded.
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