Elliott not allowed to race in Britain amid investigation over dead horse photo

Irish trainer Gordon Elliott is not permitted to send horses to race meetings in Britain as the authorities continue to investigate a picture which emerged over the weekend.

The shameful photograph shows Elliott sitting on the carcass of a dead horse at the side of his gallops.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) have opened an investigation into the picture, which the trainer confirmed to be genuine after a great deal of speculation.

While Elliott has received the backing of principal owners at his Gigginstown House Stud yard, he has been sacked as a Betfair ambassador and now faces a ban on his horses racing in Britain.

The British Horseracing Authority has also highlighted that owners of horses currently trained by Elliott can transfer them to a different trainer in order to run them at British meetings.

This is subject to regulations but could have major ramifications with the Cheltenham Festival fast approaching and Aintree following next month.

"The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) 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," reads the statement.

"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.

"In an earlier statement, the BHA said it was appalled by the image which undermined its values of respecting and caring for horses."

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