Irish amateur jockey Rob James was suspended for 12 months, with eight months suspended, by the Irish Horseracing Board after an investigation and hearing into the video of him climbing onto the back of a dead horse surfaced last week.
James’ penalty follows the one-year suspension, with six months suspended, which was slapped on three-time Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott last Friday after a picture of him sitting on a dead horse had emerged days earlier.
James has apologised for the incident, which took place in April 2016, which he described as ‘wholly inappropriate and disrespectful’, ahead of the hearing.
Rob James has been handed a 12-month ban from racing, with the last eight suspended
A sickening video last week showed the Irish amateur jockey posing astride a horse
James won the Kim Muir Fulke Walwyn Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival on Elliott-trained Milan Native, although the dead-horse video had no connection to the Elliott stable.
James made an undertaking not to attend a race meeting or point-to-point during his suspension.
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Gordon Elliott was slapped with a one-year suspension, with six months suspended, after a picture of him sitting on a dead horse
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