‘Moment of madness’: Elliott banned by BHA pending dead horse photo inquiry

By: Greg Wood Tuesday 2 March 2021
  • Trainer says he is ‘truly sorry ... this will never happen again’
  • BHA says move is ‘proportionate in these circumstances’

Gordon Elliott said on Monday evening that “it absolutely breaks my heart to hear people say that I have no respect for my horses” and that he will spend his life paying for “a moment of madness”.

His comments came in an interview with the Racing Post published shortly after the British Horseracing Authority banned the trainer from sending runners to Britain, pending the outcome of an inquiry by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) into a photograph of Elliott sitting on a dead horse on his gallops which circulated on social media on Saturday evening.

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