Brian Ellison: seven runners at three different tracks on Saturday
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Stuart Riley 2:34PM 16 JUL 2016
IT WAS business as usual at Brian Ellison’s yard the morning after the night before when the trainer reached the 1,000-winner milestone.
Such is the progress the yard has made, developing into one of the biggest and most successful dual purpose operations from humble beginnings in 1989, Ellison had seven runners at three different tracks to organise on Saturday morning.
“It’s been a long journey getting here,” said the trainer, whose 1,000th winner came courtesy of Robero at Newmarket on Friday night.
“Things have picked up a lot in the last few years and I’ve got a great team behind me. My daughter Jessica and wife are very supportive and it’s great that we’ve got there.
“I never gave something like this a thought. We were having one winner a season, five winners a season. The wife just reminded me that in 1999 we had 20 winners, which was our best season ever, and we had a party!”
BRIAN ELLISON: THREE OF THE BEST
The 2011 Ebor winner helped thrust Ellison into the limelight. He raced in Australia after winning at York and was third in the Group 2 Power Stakes before finishing 15th in Dunaden’s Melbourne Cup.
Top Notch Tonto
The Group 3 winner is perhaps best known for his excellent second in the 2013 QEII. The chestnut with the big white face and four white socks found only Olympic Glory too good in the Ascot Group 1 on his favoured rain-softened ground
So far Ellison’s only winner at the highest level, he landed the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle at Chepstow in 2011, before finishing unplaced in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
With 37 on the Flat already this year and a further 20 over jumps since the start of 2016, Ellison has put those days firmly behind him.
“It’s been a lot of grafting, we’ve got good staff and things have got better each year, plus I’ve got some really good owners at the moment,” he added.
“Looking ahead, it would be nice to go to the Melbourne Cup, and we have some very nice jumpers coming back in. Definitly Red is a very good horse, so I am keen to see what they can achieve.”