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Gordon Elliott BANNED for 12 months with six suspended and fined £13,000 over his useless horse image which shocked sport

Gordon Elliott BANNED for 12 months with six suspended and fined £13,000 over his dead horse picture which shocked sport


GORDON ELLIOTT has been banned from racing for 12 months – with six suspended – and fined £13,000 following his useless horse picture disgrace.

The three-time Grand Nationwide-winning coach, 43, was served the punishment at a listening to with the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.

Gordon Elliott has been banned for 12 months over this picture of him sitting on a useless horse

A ruling of 12 months with the ultimate six months suspended was handed out for his ‘terribly silly’ actions.

The conclusion of a four-page IHRB assertion posted at simply after 5.30pm learn: “We contemplate {that a} suspension of Mr Elliott’s coaching licence is merited.

“In all of the of the circumstances of this case, to mirror the seriousness of the offence and the harm to the Irish racing business, to discourage different offences of this nature and having taken into consideration the mitigating elements we have now heard we contemplate the interval must be 12 months nonetheless the final six months of this can be suspended.”

The IHRB added that they had acquired an ‘avalanche of complaints’ and stated the matter ‘was rightly and totally scrutinised’.

Elliott accepted his conduct was ‘disgraceful, ‘horrific’ and ‘wholly inappropriate and distasteful’.

He stated in a press release posted from his Twitter account: “I’m paying a really heavy worth for my error however I’ve no complaints.

“I’ll carry the burden of my transgressions for the remainder of my profession.”

Nonetheless, the assertion additionally made clear that chiefs consider the ‘sinister’ leaking of the picture, taken in 2019, is a part of a ‘concerted assault’ on the coach.

The coach, some of the well-known and profitable in racing, shocked the sporting world with the picture of him straddling a corpse.

He has twice apologised for his ‘indefensible second of insanity’ and stated that he ‘wasn’t considering’ when he sat on the horse.

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Elliott shocked the sporting world with the picture of him straddling a useless horse[/caption]

The ultimate six months of Elliott’s 12-month ban can be suspended

The previous week has been a whirlwind of hell for the Irish coach for the reason that picture went viral on social media final weekend.

Betfair had been first to chop ties earlier than Cheveley Park Stud eliminated eight of their horses from Elliott’s yard and positioned them with two rival trainers.

A kind of was unbeaten celebrity Envoi Allen, a red-hot favorite for Cheltenham Competition, which begins on Tuesday week.

Elliott additionally misplaced a sponsorship take care of multi-millionaire racing tycoons Noel and Valerie Moran.

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Elliott shocked the game with the leaked picture of him straddling a useless horse[/caption]

Nonetheless, the couple, together with Ryanair boss and Gigginstown supremo Michael O’Leary stated within the rapid aftermath of the picture’s launch that they might stand by Gordon.

Elliott’s ban might pressure them to take away their horse from his Co Meath base.

Experiences claimed Elliott might nonetheless have his horses run at Cheltenham if a caretaker took cost of his yard.

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Racing chiefs stated the leaking of the picture was a part of a ‘sinister’ assault on the coach[/caption]


Elliott is believed to make use of round 80 folks and there have been fears for his or her futures as collateral harm from the picture’s fallout.

Steady jockey Jack Kennedy admitted at the moment Elliott’s employees had been ‘devastated’ at seeing the horses go away.

The useless horse picture got here in a torrid week for racing, which additionally noticed the emergence of a video displaying jockey Rob James using a useless horse.

Beginner rider James, who rode a Competition winner for Elliott final 12 months, stated he was ‘heartbroken’ by the harm completed by the video.