Investigators say the photo shows the “most appalling bad taste” and “total lack of respect” for the animal

Horse trainer Gordon Elliott has been suspended by the horse racing authorities in the UK and Ireland for six months after he was portrayed sitting on a dead horse


The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) suspended its training license for 12 months Friday afternoon, six of which were suspended, and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) followed suit

The IHRB said it “acted in a manner that harmed integrity, good behavior and reputation”

Judge Raymond Groarke of the IHRB Referral Committee said, “We believe that a suspension of Mr. Elliott’s training license is warranted”

The committee, he said, believed the photo showed Mr. Elliott’s “most appalling bad taste” in that it showed a “total lack of respect” for the horse at a time when it was still in his care stayed

“We believe that respect is an essential and integral part of the duty of those responsible for animals, live or dead”

The BHA said it supported the IHRB’s comments on a lack of taste and respect for the horse

Mr. Justice Groarke said Mr. Elliott was “careless” to the fact that a horse in his care had just died and was treating the animal as an object of amusement

He admitted that the coach expressed what the panel considered to be real remorse and accepted that he probably wouldn’t forget this episode in his life

“It is undoubtedly and most regrettably that the reputation and integrity of horse racing have been discredited and biased as a result, and serious damage has been done to a sport so enjoyed and loved by so many,” he said,

Mr Justice Groarke said “To reflect the gravity of the offense and the damage to the Irish racing industry” Mr Elliott would be suspended for 12 months, the last six months on hold

By taking part in the photo, which has been in existence since 2019, the judge said he showed “an extraordinary lack of judgment”

But he admitted that the publication of the photo was part of a “concerted attack” on Mr Elliott, the full details of which are unknown

Mr. Elliott, 43, one of the most famous figures in racing, said in a statement that he had been treated fairly and thought he was paying “a very high price for my mistake, but I have no complaints”

He said, “It breaks my heart to see the pain I have inflicted on my co-workers, family, friends and supporters – I have a long way to go, but I will serve my time and then better again build up “

After the picture was released, Mr. Elliott “deeply apologized” for “any crime this photograph caused” and insisted that “the well-being of every horse I care for is of the utmost importance”

The photo, he said, “was taken some time ago and occurred after a horse galloped from an apparent heart attack”

He said he was waiting for the animal’s body to be taken away when he received a call and sat on the horse without thinking

The picture shows him in a pose and stretching out two fingers as he sits on the unnamed whole blood

On Monday, the three-time Grand National winner was suspended from participating in horses in the UK while the Irish authorities closed their investigation

Elliott, who coached 32 winners at Cheltenham Festival, where he was the top coach twice, will be starting on Jan. Do not attend this year’s event on March 25th or next month’s Grand National Meeting

His business has suffered financially since the picture appeared The top owners Cheveley Park Stud have removed their high profile horses from his farm and the bookmaker Betfair has ended their relationship with him

In addition to the suspension, which will take effect Tuesday, Elliott has been required to pay a fee of Jan.Fined 000 euros

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