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Gordon Elliott: A Grand National at 29, his relationship with Michael O'Leary and the photo that threatens his success

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Gordon Elliott has enjoyed a lot of success with Michael O'Leary's horses. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Gordon Elliott has enjoyed a lot of success with Michael O'Leary's horses. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Gordon Elliott has enjoyed a lot of success with Michael O'Leary's horses. Image credit: Sportsfile.

The build-up to the prestigious Cheltenham Festival is the most important time of the year for every trainer, but Gordon Elliott now finds himself at the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons.

A picture of Elliott sitting on a dead horse on the gallops has sparked a public outcry, some 14 years since the Meath trainer shot to fame when landing the Aintree Grand National with Silver Birch in 2007, just 12 months after taking out his license.


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