Pressure builds on Irish racing's rulers over extent of Elliott ban

By: Greg Wood Monday 8 March 2021
  • Deleted tweet suggested disgraced trainer effectively in charge
  • Denise Foster expected to formally take over license on Monday

More detail could emerge on Monday on the extent to which Gordon Elliott’s six-month ban from training will remove him from day-to-day involvement in his stable, when the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) is expected to formalise the transfer of responsibility for his Cullentra House stable to his near-neighbour, Denise Foster.

The Irish racing authorities decided on Friday to suspend Elliott’s licence for six months after a photograph emerged of the trainer posing on a dead horse on his gallops in 2019. Mr Justice Groarke, the IHRB committee’s chair, said in delivering its decision that a suspension of Elliott’s licence was “merited … to reflect the seriousness of the offence and the damage to the Irish racing industry”.

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