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!