Gordon isn’t from a racing background – his father was a panel-beater – but he entered the racing world when he was 13, working for trainer Tony Martin at weekends and during holidays.
He took out a licence as an amateur jockey when he was 16, riding in both point-to-points and under Rules.
He went on to ride a total of 200 point-to-point winners and 46 winners under Rules. He retired as a jockey through injury in 2005.
On 28 February 2021, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) launched an investigation into an image of Elliott, which was widely circulated on social media, sitting on a dead horse and making a peace sign. On 5 March 2021, the IHRB convened a hearing and banned Elliott from racing for 12 months with six months suspended, leaving him unable to train or attend a race meeting or point-to-point until September 2021.