GORDON ELLIOTT is within the Land of hope of glory.
His Outlander is gunning for Betfair Chase victory at Haydock on Saturday.
Success would give him the golden ticket to purpose for the £1million bonus of the Jockey Membership’s Triple Crown.
The small matter of final season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John and Charlie Corridor Chase winner Bristol De Mai are amongst those who stand in his manner.
However Elliott is assured he has 10-1 shot Outlander again to his greatest after a summer time again operation.
He notched up his third Grade 1 victory at Down Royal a few weeks in the past having trailed in a well-beaten sixth of seven at Punchestown final month on his comeback run.
Elliott mentioned: “He had an operation for a kissing backbone however we bought him again on monitor.
“We have been simply completely happy he jumped a bit higher at Punchestown on his first run again. I used to be a bit dissatisfied however I don’t assume he was match sufficient.
“Generally if a horse has an issue it takes the following run to assume issues are usually not too dangerous.
“The Down Royal run won’t be robust sufficient however I believe his Lexus win final Christmas can be ok to be not far off.
“Lots of people fancied him as an outsider for the Gold Cup however he by no means jumped in any respect. I’d say it was his again.
“He’s in nice type – bouncing. He seems to be nice. It’s a great race however we’ll take our probability. He’s positively going.”
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Jack Kennedy was on board for his final two wins.
He’ll take the trip once more after yesterday profitable his enchantment – together with Elliott – towards a ban picked up beneath the non-trier rule on November four.
With a possible £1million up for grabs within the Triple Crown the stakes are excessive. Elliott realises it’s a monster process to win the Betfair Chase, King George and Gold Cup with Outlander.
He mentioned: “To be trustworthy the prospect of Outlander profitable all three may be very slim however when you’re not in you may’t win. I don’t assume the million pursuits Michael O’Leary an excessive amount of.
“Each Grade 1 is an effective race. It’s a must to respect final 12 months’s Gold Cup winner Sizing John, when Cue Card is on a going day he’s sensible and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ horse Bristol De Mai is in there.
“However I fear about my very own horses – nobody else’s.”