Elliott issues upbeat bulletin on sidelined riders
Fresh from Diamond King’s impressive chase debut at Galway yesterday, trainer Gordon Elliott is beginning to see some light at the end of a tunnel after a sudden casualty-led shortage of regular riders.
Recent injuries to Bryan Cooper and Jack Kennedy has precipitated a mini-crisis for Elliott; in the past week alone, just over jumps, he has used a remarkable 15 different riders.
“It’s been a bit tricky alright,” admitted Elliott
“We’ve had to use lots of different jockeys.
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“But while Bryan will be out for a while, Jack will be back on the weekend after next. He passed the doctor last week but failed the concussion test and you can’t do that test again for two weeks. That will bring him up to Friday week and I expect he will be fine to ride that weekend.
“He has been riding out with us here and is in good shape.”
Meanwhile, Elliott is cheered by the prospect of this year's Timico Gold Cup winner Don Cossack returning to training this month.
“It’s very early days, and we’ll do everything right by the horse, but we’re expecting him back into us in a couple of weeks," said Elliott.
“He’s down in Dot Love’s, I was talking to her yesterday and she is happy with his legs but wants another 10 days or two weeks with him.”
Love, a previous Irish Grand National winning-trainer, and her partner Ciaran Murphy pre-train horses for Elliott’s main patron, the Michael O’Leary-owned Gigginstown House Stud.
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