Gordon Elliott handed one-year training ban over dead horse photograph

By: Greg Wood Saturday 6 March 2021
  • Six months of Irish trainer’s punishment are suspended
  • No runners under Elliott’s name at Cheltenham Festival

Gordon Elliott, one of racing’s most successful trainers, has been banned from training for 12 months by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), with the final six months suspended, over a photograph which showed him sitting on a dead horse on his gallops which emerged last Saturday. The penalty will come into force on 9 March, a week before the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival where Elliott has twice been the leading trainer.

The IHRB’s verdict concluded an eight-hour hearing of the case on Friday, and could lead to a new trainer taking temporary control of Elliott’s yard in County Meath before the Festival meetings at both Cheltenham and Aintree, where the stable is likely to have runners in the Grand National on 10 April.

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