Gordon Elliott: Cheveley Park Stud to move all eight horses from yard amid investigation into dead horse photo

March 02, 2021

One of racing's largest owner groups, Cheveley Park Stud, has confirmed all eight of their Gordon Elliott-trained horses are to be moved amid an investigation into the Irish trainer.

Racing authorities in Britain and Ireland have condemned an image of Elliott sat on a dead horse, 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 Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has announced it will convene on Friday, March 5 to "hear evidence and consider an investigation relating to Mr Gordon Elliott".

In an interview with the Racing Post on Monday evening, Elliott described his behaviour as "indefensible" and said he would spend the rest of his life paying for "a moment of madness".

The British Horseracing Authority said it was "appalled" by the image and has banned Elliott from saddling runners in Britain while the investigation is undertaken.

Gigginstown House Stud, run by Michael and Eddie O'Leary, announced on Monday they would continue to support Elliott, but many of their runners face the prospect of being barred from the lucrative Cheltenham Festival later this month.

Among the eight Cheveley Park Stud horses currently trained by Elliott is Cheltenham Festival favourite Envoi Allen, who is moving to fellow Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead, along with stablemates Quilixios and Ballyadam, while Willie Mullins is to receive others.

Cheveley Park Stud's Richard Thompson told Sky Sports Racing: "We've made a decision this morning to move the horses from Gordon's yard.

"We have eight horses [with Elliott], and they'll go to Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins. That will be organised by Chris Richardson and the team. Logistics are in place, and we're organising it right now."

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