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Horse racing hit by fresh apology over video of jockey riding dead horse

Horse racing hit by fresh apology over video of jockey riding dead horse

Racing’s recognition suffered one other blow on Tuesday as jockey Steal James apologised for a video circulating of him leaping on to a dead horse and pretending to go it.

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James’ apology comes sizzling on the heels of three-time Colossal National profitable trainer and fellow Irishman Gordon Elliott also apologising for sitting on a dead horse whilst on the cell telephone.

Elliott faces a hearing belief at likelihood of be held on Thursday or Friday this week into the image of him.

He has been barred from having runners in England till the end result of the investigation by The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) is announced.


It locations Elliott’s owners largely Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary in a jam with jumps racing’s showpiece tournament the Cheltenham Competition in consequence of initiate in a fortnight.

They’re allowed to swap trainers if they wish their horses to fling in England – O’Leary has so far stood by 43-year-old skool Elliott.

Elliott has educated 32 winners at the Competition and introduced O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud tall success.

He educated Don Cossack to land the blue riband tournament the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2016 and Tiger Roll to successive Colossal National victories in 2018/19 at Aintree.

James loved his supreme moment as a jockey so far for Elliott in riding a winner at the Competition closing year.

The video reveals James leaping onto the unnamed horse – who had collapsed and died of cardiac arrest on the gallops in 2016 – pretending to go it whilst those around him giggle.

“I’ve change into aware of a video circulating of me on social media,” James suggested racing newspaper The Irish Field.

“I’d honest expend to apologise for my actions which had been wholly sinful and disrespectful to a impartial five-year-old skool mare, who sadly suffered a surprising cardiac arrest whereas at exercise earlier that morning, April 30th, 2016.

“I sincerely apologise to the owners of the mare, the workers who cared for her, the horseracing industry and all followers of horse racing for my actions.”

The 28-year-old skool jockey – who rode the O’Leary-owned Milan Native to carry discontinuance the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Beginner Riders’ Handicap Whisk at Cheltenham closing year – talked about he used to be heartbroken. 

“To carry discontinuance a overview at defending my stupidity at the time would add additional insult and wretchedness to the a extensive number of accurate of us which have supported me all over my career,” he talked about.

“I’ve triggered embarrassment to my employers, my household and most considerably the sport I esteem.

“I’m heartbroken by the damage I’ve triggered and might perhaps maybe perhaps abolish my simplest to carry discontinuance a overview at and make amends to those wretchedness by my habits.”

The IHRB talked about it used to be investigating the video.

“We are aware of additional social media relate material circulating and the topic is below investigation,” it tweeted.

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Horse racing hit by fresh apology over video of jockey riding dead horse