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Tom Ellis

This week we’re chatting to current National Champion Trainer, Tom Ellis! Tom is one half of G And T Racing with wife Gina, & as well as a successful training career, Tom was also a talented amateur jockey, with over 125 wins to his name in P2P & Hunter Chases 🏇🏼🏆

🏇🏼How are you involved in pointing?

I am the trainer at G&T Racing.

🏇🏼How did you get into pointing?

I got into pointing riding out for my uncle John Pritchard before mum and dad bought an old horse for me to have a go on, which followed in me riding for 15 seasons. I then started training after Gina and I got married in June 2015.

🏇🏼How would you describe pointing to someone that hasn’t been before?

Point-to-pointing is grassroots national hunt racing, without the barriers.

🏇🏼What’s your pointing highlight?

Winning our third consecutive Foran Equine trainers championship. Aside from that, I get a huge reward out of the success our 4-year-old maiden winners.

🏇🏼If you could change one thing in pointing, what would it be?

Not too much really, it’s a sport I love in its current format, but I feel we need to be careful how much we distance ourselves from hunting as without hunt volunteers a lot of meetings could not take place.

🏇🏼Where’s your favourite point-to-point & why?

Mollington as it is our local course that we play a small role in running

🏇🏼What’s your pointing career aim?

I would love to sell a future Grade 1 winner

🏇🏼What’s your earliest pointing memory?

Probably my first ride, the buzz was like nothing I’d ever experienced. I was hooked!

🏇🏼What do you think lies for the future of pointing?

I think the young horse maidens will add a commercial side to the sport that needs to be encouraged as it will only result in more money for the sport as a whole!

Great to catch up Tom, best of luck for the season ahead, which we’re sure will be busy!

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