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Betfair Cut Ties with Gordon Elliott

Elliott, is one of the biggest names in UK and Irish horse racing and was long-standing ambassador of Betfair, but the firm have moved swiftly to cut all ties with Irishman.

Betfair Cut Ties with Gordon Elliott
Betfair Cut Ties with Gordon Elliott

Online gambling company, Betfair, have ended their association with leading racehorse trainer, Gordon Elliott after images surfaced on social media of the 42-year-old sat on top of a dead horse.

Elliott, is one of the biggest names in UK and Irish horse racing and was long-standing ambassador of Betfair, but the firm have moved swiftly to cut all ties with Irishman.

In a statement released on Monday, Betfair explained:

“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 Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) have already opened an investigation into the images whilst the British Horseracing Authority said it was aware of the "shocking image" and are in contact with the IHRB.

Gordon Elliott apologises “profoundly”

Three-time Grand National-winning trainer, Elliott, has claimed the photograph was taken “some time ago” but has released a statement apologising “profoundly” for any offence caused.

In a statement released on Sunday evening, Gordon Elliott said: 

“I 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.

“Firstly, 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.

“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.”

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