Thursday 22 February 2018

Elliot string switch to Dundalk

Gordon Elliott. Photo: PA
Gordon Elliott. Photo: PA

Gordon Elliott has taken the decision to move 12 of his horses to Dundalk racecourse in an effort to beat the freeze.

Elliott made the decision as his County Meath base is currently frozen, meaning he is unable to work his horses.

By moving to the all-weather track, the Grand National-winning training is able to keep his horses fit.

The 12 include the likes of Carlito Brigante and Chicago Grey, who are due to run at Cheltenham this weekend.

"I took the decision at the start of this week to move my best horses to Dundalk and take advantage of the all-weather facility. We will be camped here until the weather breaks," said Elliott.

"We couldn't afford to miss any more work. We have Cheltenham this weekend and Christmas is only around the corner.

"I will run Carlito Brigante, Chicago Grey and Toner D'Oudairies at Cheltenham this weekend.

"I know there is talk of a thaw coming tomorrow with temperatures rising to 7C, but to honest I can't see that being enough for Fairyhouse to race.

"Our yard is not too far from there and it would need 27C to get through the ice on our gallops."

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