The Inside Scoop is our magazine which celebrates our 20th anniversary and included in the magazine, which you can download on our homepage, Eleanor McGillie talks to Gordon Elliott - the Irish trainer who has been feeding his champions with Bluegrass Horse Feeds since 2005. Here's the story:
HORSE racing enthusiasts all over the world were biting their knuckles as they watched the finish of the 2018 English Grand National Aintree spectacular as Davy Russell on Tiger Roll secured Gordon Elliott's second Randox Health Grand National.
A few weeks before Aintree we watched General Principle win the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in a photo finish.
And five weeks before that trainer Gordon Elliott pipped Willie Mullins to the Leading Trainer Award for the second year in a row after his list of winners at the Cheltenham 2018 Festival.
We watched Samcro, Tiger Roll, Veneer of Charm, Shattered Love, Delta Work and Storyteller crossing the line on the Wednesday and Thursday. Glenloe did a mighty job at a photofinish. On Cheltenham Friday we watched Farclas cross the line in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and Blow by Blow in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
It seems like the whole of Ireland has been rooting for Gordon Elliott and he and his team have done the entire country proud.
What a season it has been and one thing these champions have in common is they're all fed with Bluegrass Horse Feeds.
Speaking with Gordon Elliott at Cullentra House, he said: "I feed my horses Bluegrass Race Horse Cubes and Bluegrass Hi Performance Mix. It's good feed and I am more than happy with it. I have been feeding Bluegrass since 2005, and, as results stand, we train Grand National winners and Gold Cup winners. This season has been brilliant and last year we had six winners at Cheltenham and over 200 winners on the track, so, the results speaks for themselves. I couldn't speak highly enough about it.
"Bluegrass provides the correct amount of protein, carbohydrates and nutrients that each individual horse needs to produce a solid performance as an athlete and our results speak for themselves."
Top of the agenda too for Bluegrass Horse Feeds is ensuring the trainer gets the best customer service possible. Gordon Elliott gets his feed directly from the merchant, Delany Performance Feeds Ltd.
Gordon said: "I have a great relationship with Alan. He is very informative, helpful and has always gone above and beyond for us - from having feed delivered to the Cheltenham Festival for us to making sure we are fully stocked before the snow storms we had this year. He provides us a top class service."
It has been celebration after celebration for the trainer. Tiger Roll got hero's welcome home after the Aintree win. Crowds gathered on the streets of Summerhill, drinks were poured, the cup was on display and was shared around as the Randox Health Grand National winner was paraded down the streets.
Gordon said: "Tiger Roll, General Principle and Bless The Wings paraded in my home town of Summerhill the day after the National. There was a great turn out on the day and we are delighted to support our local communities."
Speaking at the yard at Cullentra House, Alan Delany, who supplies Gordon Elliott Racing, said: "I find working with Bluegrass very beneficial for my company. If I have any problems or issues I can ring up and speak to them team up there. From very small beginnings I now run a very successful company and I supply a lot of successful trainers. You just have to look at the horses here at Cullentra House. The horses look well, they run well and have been successful at all the big race meetings throughout the world. It's a pleasure working with Bluegrass Horse Feeds and the Gordon Elliott Racing team here in Longwood."
More congratulations goes to Gordon Elliott Racing on all of his team's successes since Cheltenham and the English and Irish Grand Nationals