Gordon Elliott: Powerhouse trainer brands potential handicap runner limit in Britain as “very dangerous” It follows too on questions brought up by the RTE coverage on the recent
Bar One Troytown Chase at Navan. the panel discussed the merits of one trainer namely Elliott having 14 horses in the race. As Andrew McNamara pointed out its up to the owner and trainers to enter their horses,its Gordons local track why wouldn’t he want to win it.

This season he has got of to a flyer with over as can be seen from the HRI stats. To date he has sent over 237 winners to his nearest rival Willie Mullins with 188 in Ireland.

It appears now the that British racing wants to limit numbers that trainers like Elliott can enter there but it has not gone down well.

Gordon Elliott has branded reports that the British Horseracing Authority could limit the number of runners an individual trainer can run in major handicaps in Britain as “very dangerous”.

It has been suggested that the ruling body is consulting stakeholders to garner their views regarding the possibility of capping the amount of runners a trainer can declare in Class 1 or Class 2 handicaps to four.

If such a rule change was introduced, it would clearlyhttps://www.racingtv.com/horse-racing-free-bets have a major impact on the Randox Grand National at Aintree, as well as several handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival.

Elliott, no stranger to saddling multiple runners in high-profile races both in Britain and in Ireland, admits the prospect of being limited to how many horses he can run in a race is a huge concern.

“I think to try and cap an owner or a trainer’s horses is very dangerous,” he told Racing TV( https://www.racingtv.com/horse-racing-free-bets )on Tuesday after the conclusion of racing at Punchestown.

“If you go back to the 1960s, Tom Dreaper won seven Irish Grand Nationals in a row and he had 50 per cent of the field, although I know there weren’t big fields then.

“In 1983, Michael Dickinson had the first five home in the Gold Cup and then 20 years later Martin Pipe had eight and nine of the field in two races at the Cheltenham Festival – things haven’t changed.”

Elliott made the headlines last month when saddling 14 of the 20 runners in the Troytown Chase at Navan, a move which he staunchly defends.

He added: “There would only have been four runners in the Munster National if I didn’t run one in it, never mind eight, and it would have been the same in the Troytown.

“These races aren’t filling up and you have to try and support them for the sponsors and everyone.

“In the Galway Plate, I ran six horses for six different owners. It’s very hard for me to have to tell someone that they can’t run.

“We buy them all thinking they are going to be Gold Cup horses but a lot of them end up being three-mile chasers.”