"Having to beat Willie is tough, he's an incredible man and sets the standards, one of the greatest of all time and to be training at the same time as him is unbelievable".
"He's so driven and determined, he started out taking horses to places like Ayr and Perth, winning little races, and look where he is now".
This year Elliott holds a big lead heading into the final weeks and his General Principle narrowly outpointed the Mullins-trained Isleofhopendreams in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.
He said: "That's twice Gordon has done that to me, he did it in the Irish National too".
Saint Are, mewanehile, fell at The Chair, got up and ran loose, then fell at the first fence at the second circuit. Best of all, it's totally free - provided you hold a valid UK TV license, that is.
"I'm really proud of him, he jumped fantastic and he's one for next year".
Elliott's Bless the Wings was back in third, closely ahead of Anibale Fly of Tony Martin's yard, with two more Irish runners trailing in behind. Seeyouatmidnight, trained by Sandy Thomson near Kelso, ran a mighty race but became exhausted late on and eventually finished 11th.
Bryony Frost, one of three women jockeys in the race attempting to make history by being the first female victor, was fifth on Milansbar.