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john m

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When you bring sport into the gutter
« on: February 28, 2021, 11:30:48 pm »
Horse trainer Gordon Elliott has apologised “profoundly" after a photograph of him apparently sitting on top of a dead horse was widely circulated on social media over the weekend.

In the photograph Elliott, who won back-to-back Grand National wins with Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019 and has trained more than 30 Cheltenham winners, can be seen sitting on top of the horse and smiling at the camera and on his mobile phone.

The Longwood, Co Meath-based trainer is also displaying a peace sign with his left hand.

There has been some speculation online that the photograph was a fake or had been digitally manipulated.

However last night Mr Elliott confirmed that the photo, which is now the subject of an investigation by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IRHB), was taken “some time ago”.

In a statement he said: “I apologise profoundly for any offence that this photo has caused and can categorically state that the welfare of each and every horse under my care is paramount and has been central to the success that we have enjoyed here at Cullentra.

"The photo in question 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.

"At what was a sad time, which it is when any horse under my care passes away, my initial reaction was to get the body removed from where it was positioned.


                                                                   

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

"Such background information may seem trivial at this time and will not allay the concerns of many people both within and outside the world of horse racing.

"However, I feel it is important to provide people with some context surrounding this photo. 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 and both myself and all of my team pride ourselves on those standards.

"Again I apologise for any offence caused and ask people to consider this statement as opposed to the various falsehoods and misinformation being circulated on social media.

"At this time I would like to stress that I continue to extend my full cooperation with the ongoing IHRB investigation.”


Mr Elliott (42) is one of Ireland’s most successful trainers.

An IHRB tweet confirmed the matter is undergoing investigation.

A spokesman said the investigation is ongoing and will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Elliott is currently preparing for next month's Cheltenham Festival.

Tiger Roll is expected to run in the Cross-Country Chase at Cheltenham before trying for a record-equalling third Grand National triumph at Aintree on April 10.

In 2007 Gordon Elliott became the youngest ever trainer to win the Aintree Grand National, with the horse Silver Birch.

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2021, 11:34:01 pm »
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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2021, 11:41:36 pm »
Dont be surprised if Mick from inject and go decides to remove all his horses from Elliott tomorrow and announces Tiger Roll is retired .Mick from injrct and Go has no favourites this year in cheltenham .Look at the way he sits on the Horse not like you just dropped your arse to sit down .

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2021, 09:07:16 am »
I'd say he's done after this,the anti horse racing fraternity out there of which there are many will have a field day with this.

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2021, 09:53:04 am »
Field day!!.....very good Marky,next you'll be tellin us you heard it from the horses mouth!

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2021, 10:35:54 am »
It dosent look great from one of the Countries best trainers .Its a PR disaster .The photo is old so why release it now .Probably more to this.


Betfair have discontinued their association with Gordon Elliott as an ambassador in the wake of a controversial photo emerging of the leading jumps trainer sitting on a dead horse.

The betting exchange giant have officially cut ties with the Meath trainer as the fallout continues after the shocking image emerged over the weekend and sparked a massive public outcry.

Elliott apologised for his actions late on Sunday night, but Betfair have wasted little time in releasing a statement this morning and parting ways with the Cullentra handler.
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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2021, 01:12:20 pm »
Field day!!.....very good Marky,next you'll be tellin us you heard it from the horses mouth!
He should accept it and move on. No point in flogging a dead horse!

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2021, 01:15:08 pm »
It dosent look great from one of the Countries best trainers .Its a PR disaster .The photo is old so why release it now .Probably more to this.


Betfair have discontinued their association with Gordon Elliott as an ambassador in the wake of a controversial photo emerging of the leading jumps trainer sitting on a dead horse.

The betting exchange giant have officially cut ties with the Meath trainer as the fallout continues after the shocking image emerged over the weekend and sparked a massive public outcry.

Elliott apologised for his actions late on Sunday night, but Betfair have wasted little time in releasing a statement this morning and parting ways with the Cullentra handler.
A business that doesn't pay tax associated with a business that gets its fuel tax free. What's not to like?

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2021, 06:00:56 pm »
Racing's equivalent  of 9/11 some of  the racing forums are saying,what a stupid thing for Elliot to do all the same with someone pointing a phone at him.

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2021, 06:10:35 pm »
Well he definitely pissed off somebody very close to him to get the shot in first place ---its very much payback from somebody !

Wonder will Cheverly Park stay put ?

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2021, 08:04:53 pm »
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Gordon Elliott will not be permitted to have runners in Britain until the conclusion of an Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board investigation into an image on social media that showed the Grand National-winning trainer sitting on a dead horse on his gallops.

Racing authorities in Britain and Ireland have condemned the image, which Elliott confirmed in a statement on Sunday evening was genuine, apologising “profoundly for any offence that this photo has caused”, while seeking to explain what he said was the context of events that led to the photograph.

The IHRB has already launched a full investigation – and while Elliott is licensed in Ireland, the British Horseracing Authority said it was “appalled” by the image and was “considering its own regulatory options”, but has now acted.

A statement on Monday evening said: “The British Horseracing Authority will not allow the Irish trainer Gordon Elliott to race horses in Britain whilst the Irish authorities investigate an image that appeared on social media over the weekend.

“The trainer admitted the photo was genuine and apologised for his actions.

“The BHA, which regulates racing in Britain, will use powers under its own rules to refuse to allow horses trained by Mr Elliott to race in Britain pending consideration of the outcome of the Irish investigation.

“The action taken by the BHA recognises that Mr Elliott is licensed in Ireland, whose regulatory body, the IHRB, is carrying out its own investigation.

“However, Mr Elliott has entered horses to race in Britain, from which point the British rules of racing apply to him.

“The decision to refuse to allow horses trained by Mr Elliott to run in Britain is therefore an interim decision which the BHA regards as proportionate in these circumstances.”


Michael O'Leary accepts apology for 'grievous but momentary lapse of judgement' by Gordon Elliott
The BHA added that owners of horses currently trained by Elliott are permitted to transfer them to a different trainer and run them at a British meeting, “providing they comply with the relevant rules”.


 
An earlier statement had read: “The BHA is appalled by the image that appeared this weekend. We expect all those in our sport to demonstrate respect for horses, on the racecourse, in the training yard, on the gallops, and wherever they have horses in their care.

“People who work in our industry believe their values – of caring for and respecting our horses – have been deeply undermined by this behaviour. On their behalf, and on behalf of all horse lovers, we say loudly that British horseracing finds this totally unacceptable.

“The BHA is considering its own regulatory options, recognising that the Irish authorities license Mr Elliott and are carrying out their own investigation.”

Horse Racing Ireland echoed those sentiments, saying the picture was a “disservice” to people in racing.

A statement said: “Horse Racing Ireland unreservedly condemns the disturbing photograph that appeared on social media at the weekend.

“This image does not reflect the care, attention and respect that race horses receive, and does a disservice to the thousands of people who look after their horses on a daily basis. Horse Racing Ireland notes and supports the IHRB investigation into the circumstances around the photograph.

“From a disciplinary perspective, the matter is in process, so any further comment on the matter or the detail of the case at this time would not be appropriate.”

The IHRB is hoping for a speedy resolution to the case, with a spokesman adding: “As is the case with all investigations carried out by the IHRB, there is a process that must be followed – and that will be the case in this instance.

“As stated over the weekend, this will be dealt with as quickly as possible.”

Despite the controversy, it was business as usual for Elliott on the racecourse at least, as he sent out Black Tears to win the Grade Three Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown – while Papal Lodge, Coach Carter, and Mighty Potter were also on the mark for the Cullentra team.

Elliott also received a boost as Gigginstown House Stud owner Michael O’Leary confirmed his team – including dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll – would be going nowhere, opting to accept an apology for a “grievous but momentary lapse of judgement from Gordon”.

Cheveley Park Stud, who count hot Cheltenham Festival favourite Envoi Allen among their Elliott string, said they were “truly horrified and dismayed by the photograph”, but will wait for the IHRB investigation to conclude before making any decisions on the future.

Sire Du Berlais is prominent in the betting for the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Festival. Frank Berry, racing manager for his owner JP McManus, declined to comment on the situation when contacted on Monday morning.

But online bookmakers Betfair – for whom Elliott has been an ambassador for several years – made a swift decision to cut ties with the trainer.

A statement read: “While we recognise that Gordon deeply regrets and apologised unreservedly for his poor judgement, his actions are completely at odds with the values of the Betfair brand and that of our employees.

“With that in mind, we have decided to discontinue our association with Gordon with immediate effect.”

The four-day Cheltenham Festival is due to get under way on March 16.


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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2021, 08:06:23 pm »
Well he definitely pissed off somebody very close to him to get the shot in first place ---its very much payback from somebody !

Wonder will Cheverly Park stay put ?

Im hearing Jessie Harrington is being sounded out .

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2021, 08:07:31 pm »
his actions are completely at odds with the values of the Betfair brand


What odds were they giving?

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2021, 08:15:01 pm »
his actions are completely at odds with the values of the Betfair brand


What odds were they giving?


Going to cost him millions any top owner will pull their horses .You simply dont need to be associated with this crap .

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Re: When you bring sport into the gutter
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2021, 08:27:20 pm »
owners will be permitted to transfer horses to a different trainer and run them at British meetings. Elliott has 104 entries in the early-closing races at this month's Cheltenham Festival, most notably the unbeaten superstar Envoi Allen.

Envoi Allen's owners Cheveley Park Stud also have stablemates Sir Gerhard, Ballyadam and Quilixios for the big meeting, while the Noel and Valerie Moran-owned Zanahiyr and Gigginstown House Stud-owned dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll are among other leading Elliott-trained hopes.

 


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