Gordon Elliott reaffirms intention for pair to go to Grand National

Gordon Elliott reaffirms intention for Delta Work and Galvin to go to the Grand National after impressive one-two finish in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival

  • Delta Work produced brilliant run to claim victory in Cross Country Chase
  • LIVE BLOG: Follow The Festival’s Day Two action as it happens with Sportsmail 
  • Gordon Elliott reaffirmed desire for both to go to the Grand National next month 

Gordon Elliott has confirmed both Delta Work and Galvin will go to next month’s Grand National as intended.

Both trained by Elliott, the Irishman achieved another one-two finish, eerily reminiscent of the result he produced in last year’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, when Tiger Roll pushed the same winner close.

With Galvin pushing him close, Delta Work exhibited his characteristic turn of foot and power to beat off competition from his stablemate and claim a second consecutive success in the race. 

Speaking to ITV Racing from the parade ring, a delighted Elliott congratulated – stand-in – jockey Keith Donoghue and maintained the intention was for both horses to go to Aintree having emerged out of Cheltenham with renewed vigour and, crucially, unscathed. 

‘I’m pleased for Keith who is having his best ever season, but Jack (Kennedy, injured stable jockey) is a team player and he’s here lending his support. Jack will be back on these horses when he’s passed fit to return,’ he said.

Gordon Elliott trained another one-two finish in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

Keith Donoghue produced another brilliant ride atop Delta Work to claim the success

Gordon Elliott confirmed to ITV Racing afterwards that the intention remained for them both to go to Aintree

‘Both horses will now go for the Grand National. I hoped it would be Delta’s day, to be honest, but really I don’t care what wins as I just love having winners,’ he added.

Elliott, who last year endured a difficult Festival, is having a much better time of it this year having bagged three winners – he is only bettered, at present, by fellow Irishman Willie Mullins. 

He watched on as Delta Work bided his time over the 3m6f race before launching an assault late on. 

Grand National odds 

Corach Rambler – 7/1

Noble Yeats – 10/1

Gaillard Du Mesnil – 10/1 

Mr Incredible – 14/1

Delta Work – 14/1

Galvin – 16/1 

His pace up the hill was frightening, and it awarded Elliott a fifth such triumph in the race in seven years. 

Speaking last month about plans for the remainder of the season, Elliott confirmed the intention was for both to go up to Liverpool – but, such is the nature of national hunt racing, nothing could be 100 per cent confirmed until after the Cross Country.

‘This has been the plan all season. He has a nice weight for the race and I’m happy with that,’ said Elliott.

‘We just switched him back to hurdles on his last start to sharpen him up a bit as he had gone a little bit rusty. It was a race we had run Tiger Roll in before he went to Cheltenham and then on to Aintree.

‘I thought he ran very well in the National last season behind Noble Yeats. He got a little bit far back early on and he had lots to do. Having had that experience over the fences, we go back there with plenty of confidence and we are looking forward to it.’

On Galvin, he had said: ‘The plan is to run him in the cross-country race at Cheltenham then on the National. We sort of thought last season that he could be one for the National as we thought he was probably just lacking a gear for races like the Gold Cup and those sort of Grade One races.

‘He seems in good form and we are looking forward to running him in the National. I think he will be fine over the fences.’

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