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Gordon Elliott confesses dead horse photo is genuine as trainer issues apology


Gordon Elliott declared “I cannot apologise enough” as he revealed a photograph showing him sitting astride a dead horse IS genuine.

The picture, in which the Co Meath trainer is making a two-fingered ‘peace’ sign to the camera while straddling a carcass at the side of his gallops, was published on social media on Saturday evening.

Elliott, who pledged to co-operate with an Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board investigation, said: “To the racing community, to anyone who has worked with and loves horses and to anyone offended by this image, I cannot apologise enough.

“Horse welfare and the care and attention to detail involved is absolutely at the core of everything we do here.”

Seeking to provide “some context” to the photograph, the 42-year-old, whose team of Cheltenham Festival hopefuls includes unbeaten superstar Envoi Allen, added: “I was standing over the horse waiting to help with the removal of the body, in the course of which, to my memory I received a call and, without thinking, I sat down to take it.



Trainer Gordon Elliott
Trainer Gordon Elliott

“Hearing a shout from one of my team, I gestured to wait until I was finished.”

Elliott will now face a charge of bringing racing into disrepute before the IHRB Referrals Committee – which has the power to suspend his training licence.

Urging its fellow regulator to bring the matter to a conclusion before the Cheltenham starts a fortnight on Tuesday, a British Horseracing Authority spokesperson said: “The IHRB have assured us that the investigation will be carried out as quickly as possible.”





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