Jockey Rob James apologises for climbing on top of dead horse | Horse racing

Rob James, an novice jockey who rode Gordon Elliott’s Milan Native to win at Cheltenham final March, stated on Tuesday that he wished to “sincerely apologise” after a video emerged which confirmed him climbing on to the again of a dead horse.

James, quoted by the Irish Field, confirmed that he was the person in a video which began to flow into on social media on Tuesday morning. He’s seen briefly climbing on the corpse of a horse which had died beside a gallop, accompanied by laughter from onlookers, apparently shortly earlier than the physique is to be eliminated.

“I’ve grow to be conscious of a video circulating of me on social media,” James stated. “I’d similar to to apologise for my actions which had been wholly inappropriate and disrespectful to a beautiful five-year-old mare, who sadly suffered a sudden cardiac arrest whereas at train earlier that morning, April 30, 2016.

“I sincerely apologise to the house owners of the mare, the workers who cared for her, the horse racing trade and all followers of horse racing for my actions. To strive defending my stupidity on the time would add additional insult and damage to the various loyal folks that have supported me throughout my profession. I’ve precipitated embarrassment to my employers, my household and most significantly the game I really like. I’m heartbroken by the injury I’ve precipitated and can do my finest to attempt to make amends to these damage by my conduct.”


The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), the game’s regulator in Eire, had earlier stated on Twitter that it was“conscious of additional social media content material circulating” and that “the matter is below investigation”.

James rode at Punchestown on Monday and had been booked to trip Light Jolie at Gowran Park on Tuesday, however the horse was scratched from the competition after the video emerged. He has had 35 rides in Eire this season together with 9 for Elliott, who can also be the topic of an IHRB investigation after an image of him sitting on a dead horse on his gallops emerged on Saturday night.

Elliott additionally supplied James with the most important second of his profession when he steered Milan Native to victory within the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Problem Cup for novice riders ultimately yr’s Cheltenham Competition.

The newest surprising picture involving a dead horse provides to the strain on the Irish regulator after the British Horseracing Authority stated on Monday evening that it’s going to ban Elliott from having runners in Britain till the IHRB’s investigation is full.

Gordon Elliott and the widely circulated photo of the trainer sitting on a dead horse
Gordon Elliott admitted on Sunday night that the extensively circulated photograph of the coach sitting on a dead horse is real. {Photograph}: PA/Twitter/Animal Welfare Watch

The BHA’s determination may result in a number of house owners shifting their horses elsewhere to make sure that they’ll run on the Cheltenham Competition, which opens two weeks from Tuesday.

The unbeaten novice chaser Envoi Allen, who’s odds-on for the Marsh Novice Chase, is one of 4 main contenders for races on the Competition within the possession of Cheveley Park Stud which have been reported to be on the way in which to Henry de Bromhead’s steady in County Waterford.

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Tuesday’s racing ideas


Catterick: 12.30 Omar Maretti, 1.00 West To The Bridge, 1.30 Designer Future, 2.00 Caventara, 2.30 Gold Runner, 3.00 Relkadam, 3.30 Mr Chua.

Leicester: 2.10 Don Herbager, 2.40 Jack Valentine, 3.10 Somekindofstar, 3.40 Arqalina, 4.10 Fumet D’Oudairies, 4.40 Cat Tiger.

Newcastle: 4.00 Island Courageous, 4.30 Nice Esteem, 5.00 Kehailaan, 5.30 House Earlier than Nightfall (nap), 6.00 Imperial Command, 6.30 Headshot, 7.00 The Nice Inheritor (nb).

Sir Gerhard, the favorite for the Champion Bumper, the main juvenile hurdler Quilixios and Ballyadam, the second-favourite for the Supreme Novice Hurdle, may even be becoming a member of De Bromhead if the stories are appropriate, including to what was already a powerful group for the assembly headed by Honeysuckle, the favorite for the Champion Hurdle.

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