Talking Horses: Cheltenham reception will be acid test for Elliott

By: Greg Wood Monday 20 September 2021

The warmth, or otherwise, of the response after his next Festival winner will be a key moment for disgraced trainer

As one of the biggest names in jumping officially departed the stage last week, two more returned to action as a National Hunt campaign that officially started in May slowly works its way through the gears. Farewell Altior, one of the outstanding two-milers of recent decades. Hello again, Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott, after many months on the sidelines for very different reasons.

In the last two seasons of his career, much more time was expended on speculation about where Altior would run next, and then forensic analysis of the reasons why he had not, than in watching him in action on the track.

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