Fresh from his magnificent win in the Cheltenham Gold Cup trainer Gordon Elliott and his team paraded Don Cossack through his home town of Summerhill on Saturday evening. Gordon was accompanied by the winning jockey Bryan Cooper and the horse’s groom, local woman Louise Dunne. Hundreds of locals lined the street to welcome home the victorious team. Don Cossack looked every bit the champion that he is as he was led through the cheering crowd.
Gordon was delighted with the turnout and paid great credit to his staff and the horse’s owner, Michael O'Leary and Gigginstown for the success.
It was a special evening too for local woman (and daughter of the Club chairman) Louise Dunne. Louise is Don Cossacks groom and had the honour of leading him back into the winner’s enclosure on Friday. After the race Louise received a presentation to mark the victory from Princess Anne. Louise is a member of our Senior Ladies team as well as goalie for Meath Ladies team.
Gordon and the Elliott family have been great supporters of Summerhill GAA club over many years and indeed Gordon Elliott Racing has been our main sponsor for the past number of years. We in the club are immensely proud of all that Gordon and his team have achieved so far in his training career. Gordon joins an elite group of trainers that have won both the Aintree Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup and is probably one of the youngest to do so.
The picture above shows Gordon and Louise with Club President Mick McGovern and Chairman Jimmy McGee.
Last evening will live long in the memory of Summerhill people and it was great to see the whole community come out to support Gordon and mark this historic occasion. Summerhill GAA Club wishes Gordon continued success in the future and many more big race victories.