Outlander is no outsider and can land us consecutive Gold Cups, says trainer Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott
Trainer: Gordon Elliott: Getty Images

Yesterday was another great day with us landing our fifth winner at the Festival.

I said before that I’d be delighted if we had one winner across the week, so to have had five at the halfway stage is great.

Fayonagh flew up the hill in the Champion Bumper having looked totally out of the reckoning turning for home. Jamie Codd gave her a brilliant ride to bring up a double on the day for him after earlier riding Cause Of Causes to victory for us in the Cross Country Chase.

Cause Of Causes is an absolute legend in our stable and he really showed the benefit of a couple of schooling sessions around the course in the last few weeks.

Not many horses win at three consecutive Festivals but his success yesterday puts him in an exclusive club after last year’s Kim Muir victory and his National Hunt Chase triumph in 2015.

Tomorrow will be another massive day for us, not least because it’s Gold Cup day and after winning it last year with Don Cossack, I know there will be a lot of talk about whether we can do it again.

Outlander is our sole representative after we had to rule out our other chance, Don Poli, last week with injury. Outlander will head into the race off the back of a win in the Lexus at Leopardstown.

Cue Card, Native River and Djakadam are the favourites but for me Djakadam is the one to beat. We’re really hoping that Outlander can run the race of his life to give us consecutive Gold Cups.

While the race is the focus of the day for many, I’m also really looking forward to the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, where I will run my nap of the Festival, Death Duty. I just hope he is able to show what he is capable of.

The step up in trip should suit him well and we’re really looking forward to a big run from him.

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