Gordon Elliott: Horse trainer suspended for six months over picture of him sitting on dead horse

Horse trainer Gordon Elliott has been suspended for six months after being pictured sitting on a dead horse.

In a statement, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, said: “We consider that a suspension of Mr Elliott’s training licence is merited.

“In all of the circumstances of this case, to reflect the seriousness of the offence and the damage to the Irish racing industry, to deter other offences of this nature and having taken into account the mitigating factors we have heard we consider the period should be 12 months however the last six months of this will be suspended.”

Mr Elliott apologised “profoundly” for “any offence that this photo has caused”, insisting that “the welfare of each and every horse under my care is paramount”.

The photo, he said “was taken some time ago and occurred after a horse had died of an apparent heart attack on the gallops.

“I appreciate that an initial viewing of this photo suggests it is a callous and staged photo but nothing could be further from the truth.”

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