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The Referrals Committee of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board will meet next Friday to hear evidence and consider an investigation relating to the photo of Gordon Elliott sitting atop a dead horse.

The IHRB confirmed the hearing today as the fallout continued from the sharing on social media of an image of Elliott sitting on the dead Morgan at his stables in Co. Meath two years ago.

Irish horse racing fell further into disrepute today with another image being shared of Cheltenham winning jockey Rob James also appearing to sit on a dead horse as he and others attempted to move the animal from the gallops where it had suffered a heart attack.

The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed that Elliott will not be allowed to have runners at the Cheltenham Festival which starts in a fortnight’s times while he remains under IHRB investigation.

In a busy day for horse racing news, Michael O’Leary has confirmed that Tiger Roll will not attempt to win a third Aintree Grand National next month. He said the British handicapper had given the horse too much weight in the big event next month and so Tiger Roll would tackle the Cross-Country race at Cheltenham instead and then the owners would make up their mind where he would go after that, or if he would be retired.

Top British trainer Paul Nicholls said today that having to move stables in order to run at Cheltenham would not be beneficial to top inmates of Elliott’s stable such as Envoi Allen, Sir Gerhard, Zanahiyr and Tiger Roll himself.

While not willing to comment on Elliott’s predicament directly, Nicholls said “It’s not an advantage for sure. If you move a horse, you are changing the stables where he lives, the hay it lies on, maybe the feed it eats, and the gallops it trains on.

“We got a few horses from Willie Mullins’ stables last summer and it has taken the horses until now really to come to terms with their new surroundings and our routines. Moving horses just a little while before Cheltenham would not be good for them.”

And moving horses is what Cheveley Park Stud has done. They have sent Envoi Allen, the Irish ‘banker’ for Cheltenham this year, to Henry de Bromhead. While Sir Gerhard, their favourite for the Bumper, is headed for the Willie Mullins yard, among other horses.

In all eight horses owned by Cheveley Park are being removed from the Elliott Stables in Cullentra, Co Meath. Quixilios, well fancied for the Triumph Hurdle on the Friday at Chelteham is another one heading to the De Bromhead yard in Waterford.

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