Zanahiyr: Triumph Hurdle favourite will stay with Elliott pending the outcome of Friday's investigation. PA

Noel and Valerie Moran's company terminates Gordon Elliott sponsorship deal

eCOMM Merchant Solutions have ended their arrangement with Elliott, while a local GAA club has voiced its support for the trainer.

PROMINENT OWNERS NOEL and Valerie Moran’s company eCOMM Merchant Solutions has terminated its contract as Gordon Elliott’s yard sponsor.

The Morans, founders of eCOMM, also have a powerful string at Elliott’s County Meath stables – including JCB Triumph Hurdle market leader Zanahiyr.

It was confirmed on Tuesday night that the company’s sponsorship association with Elliott has ended.

The statement cited the reason as “recent events”, as Elliott faces an Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board investigation on Friday after an image of him sat on a dead horse was posted on Twitter last weekend.

However, the Morans’ horses will remain at Elliott’s yard pending the outcome of the IHRB investigation.

“The rumours that we have moved our horses from Gordon’s stable are totally untrue,” Noel Moran told the Racing Post on Wednesday morning.

“As myself and Valerie said on Monday, we will await the decision of the IHRB hearing on Friday before making any further comment or decisions.”

Owners Cheveley Park Stud announced on Tuesday they have moved their horses – including the unbeaten Envoi Allen, and favourite to win again at this month’s Festival – away from Elliott.

The hugely successful Irish trainer is also currently banned from running any of his horses in Britain, after the British Horseracing Authority announced the interim measure on Monday.

Gigginstown House Stud, owners of dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll, have decided to keep many of their horses at Elliott’s Cullentra yard – despite what they described as an “unacceptable” photograph.

Meanwhile, a GAA club in Meath has expressed its support for Elliott in light of the controversy.

Summerhill GFC, who are sponsored by Elliott, issued a statement last night which reads: 

“Summerhill GFC would like to express our support for Gordon and his family during the very difficult circumstances they are currently experiencing.”

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