Gordon Elliott owns one of the easiest Cheltenham winners, a horse once owned by Queen


Pied Piper won a trial for JCB Triumph Hurdle and soared to contention for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. The Trials Day fixture is an important meeting in the build up to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Gordon Elliott was the horse that the Queen formerly owned and had one of the most easy Cheltenham wins.

Pied Piper won the JCB Triumph Hurdle, a tremendous win at the track that saw him storm into contention.

Paddy Power, a bookmaker, made the four-year old their favourite to win the race at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

The firm moves 5-2 (from 7-9). The horse, which was owned by The Princess until October 2021, will be able to follow up at The Great March Fixture.

Elliott had Fil D’Or as the market leader before Saturday’s race. Elliott has been banned from the sport.

That horse’s price eased to 4-1 (from 3-1) with the same firm – and both hold unbeaten records with just over six weeks to go.

Davy Russell rode Pied Piper with great confidence in the trial for main event.

The jockey was positioned behind the leaders as their rivals came under increasing pressure. However, he was still seated motionless.

Pied Piper was able to answer all his questions as New Approach, the Derby winner’s son, pulled through.

The favourite 11-8 crossed the line nine lengths faster than Moka De Vassy, a 50-1 outsider.

Pied Piper’s main competitor according to pre-race odds could only finish fourth.

Russell said to Racing TV: “He’s a grand horse, he’s improved plenty and we always thought he’d improve from Punchestown. The ground is on the slow side, it’s lovely ground, it wasn’t an issue.

“It’s not really (surprised by how easily he got into it), but he is a lovely horse. Gordon may have many options, so I don’t really know what he has in mind.

“He was immature the last day and he made a slight mistake out the back but he figured it out very quickly so he’s quite intelligent you know.”

Pied Piper was the winner of his only previous start over hurdles. He ran 11 times in support of The Queen on the Flat.

John Gosden trained him and he won two races at Newmarket, Leicester.

Sold to go juvenile hurdling, he cost current connections, owners Caldwell Construction Ltd, around £225,000.