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Four-timer for Elliott at Punchestown as controversy over photo continues

The trainer has had two winners at today’s Punchestown meeting.

Trainer Gordon Elliott (file photo).
Trainer Gordon Elliott (file photo).
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Updated Mar 1st 2021, 6:02 PM

GORDON ELLIOTT HAD four winners at today’s meeting at Punchestown as the controversy continues over the image of the Grand National-winning trainer that has emerged on social media.

Elliott issued a statement last night where he apologised ‘profoundly for any offence’ that was caused after the picture was released of the trainer sitting on a dead horse on the gallops.

There has been widespread criticism and condemnation today of the image, with the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board set to launch a full investigation. Gigginstown House Stud owner Michael O’Leary has stated he will continue to support Elliott while acknowledging being ‘deeply disappointed by the unnacceptable photo’.

On the course four of Elliott’s horses were successful this afternoon with jockey Jack Kennedy on board for three of those victories.

Favourite Black Tears took the opener in the Grade 3 Quevega Mares Hurdle while the third race of the day also went to the favourite in Papal Lodge with a maiden hurdle success.

Then 16/1 shot Coach Carter won the fourth race of the afternoon for the Elliott-Kennedy partnership.

 

Finally the Elliott-trained Mighty Potter justified the favourites tag by landing the finale with Jamie Codd on board.

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