Spring Cottage Stables

Langton Road



North Yorkshire

YO17 9PY

Office: 01653 690004

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Email: office@brianellisonracing.co.uk

Latest News

Definitly Red fine this morning

Definitly Red is absolutely fine this morning after his sixth place finish in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase yesterday. Whilst he likes heavy ground it was riding tacky and he struggled to jump out of it, but he came in after the race ok and lives to fight another day. He travelled home well and has eaten up. He’ll be having an easy time now and we will probably see how he is before a decision is made as to whether he’s finished for the season or heads to Aintree next month...

Definitly Red works well under regular rider Andy Robertson

Definitly Red, together with stable mates, The King Of May, Nietzsche and Always Resolute, made the short journey to neighbouring trainer Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank Stables yesterday to work a mile on their all weather gallop.

Regular rider, Andy Robertson, partnered Red and was all smiles pulling up at the end of the gallop reporting him to be bouncing, feeling great and in really good form. He couldn’t be happier with him and that’s just what everyone wanted to hear because no one knows him better than Andy!

Talking to James Burn for the Racing Post on the way to Newcastle yesterday Brian said: "We just wanted to get him away somewhere different. He worked a mile and went really well. Andy, who rides him every day, was on board and he was very happy...

Jumpers’ Bumpers treble at Newcastle with FOREST BIHAN, BALLYVIC BORU & JAMACHO

We enjoyed another really good day yesterday with three winners at Newcastle. Following on from Southwell on Friday, Gosforth Park staged an additional "Jumpers' Bumpers" fixture in light of the prolonged spell of severe weather we have been experiencing. It has not been easy training the horses this week and we have appreciated being able to run those that have been ready to get to the track.

FOREST BIHAN took the feature bumper on the card under Danny Cook. BALLYVIC BORU followed up two races later with an equally comfortable victory again partnered by Danny (Cook). JAMACHO completed our treble with success in the final bumper on the seven-race card in the hands of Henry Brooke...

A/W Jumpers’ Bumpers double with TOMNGERRY & BORDEAUX BILL

Southwell put on a replacement fixture for Jumpers yesterday, with seven ‘bumpers’, all with varying race-conditions, run over two miles on the all weather. We were keen to support the meeting, especially as we have been struggling to get the horses out and we were even more chuffed to leave there with two winners!

TOMNGERRY barely came out of a canter to take the second race on the card under Brian Hughes while BORDEAUX BILL followed up in the next under Danny Cook...

CONTRE TOUS wins at Southwell

CONTRE TOUS followed up a very good third at Musselburgh on what was his debut for us with a comfortable victory in the 1m7½f Novices' Hurdle at Southwell yesterday.

Fitted with a tongue-tie once again, Henry Brooke partnered the six-year-old. Always handy, he moved up into a clear second approaching the fourth, in order to keep tabs on the leader, Battalion, who was setting a nice pace in front. Still travelling well approaching two out, he didn’t jump the second last great but joined the leader approaching the last...

INSTANT REPLAY bolts up at Sedgefield

INSTANT REPLAY completely annihilated the opposition in the 2m5f Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Sedgefield yesterday in the hands of Henry Brooke. Always handy, sitting close up in second, he took it up after the eighth and had put a couple of lengths between himself and the rest of the field by the tenth. Still travelling well approaching two out, he was kept up to his work on the run to the final fence; he jumped it well and came home in his own time. The winning margin was 33 lengths...

WINDSOR AVENUE two-from-two in bumpers

WINDSOR AVENUE followed up an impressive winning debut with another equally impressive performance when taking the 2m1f bumper at Carlisle yesterday.

Partnered once again by Brian Hughes, there were only three runners in the closing contest, possibly due to the very testing conditions. Brian set the pace and never saw another rival; Windsor Avenue travelled well throughout and stayed on well in the final furlong when asked, to come home by 24 lengths...

Red allotted top weight in National

Definitly Red has been handed top weight of 11st 10lb in the £1million Randox Health Grand National and a rating of 165. However, the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup next month is his primary target, all being well, and a decision regarding his participation in the National again this year will not be made until after then.

Brian said: "He's rated 167 now so we sort of expected he'd get top weight, although it's been compressed a bit here. The Gold Cup is the plan. We'll get that out of the way and then see what happens...

Brian Ellison Racing Club Open Day

The BRIAN ELLISON RACING CLUB held it’s first open day, which was exclusively for club members only, yesterday and we hope everyone who came a long had a thoroughly enjoyable morning.

Although there were no horses out on the gallops, members got the chance to see the club horses in their own environment in addition to having a wander round and meeting the likes of our Gold Cup hope, Definitly Red. Brian and Claire were on hand answering questions, Ryan and Jack did a great job at showing the horses and light refreshments were served on arrival...

Cheltenham Preview Evenings 2018

As the Cheltenham Festival build-up gathers momentum there are a number of Preview Evenings - many with only a few tickets remaining – scheduled to take place around the country during the first week of March. The panel will offer their thoughts and views on this year's intended runners and Brian is participating in three... Rockliffe Hall, Suddabys Pub & Sedgefield racecourse...