Racing trainer Elliott likely to pay heavy price for 'moment of madness'

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Gordon Elliott (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Gordon Elliott (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Gordon Elliott has already lost horses and sponsors but the three-time Grand National-winning trainer risks much harsher punishment after a shocking image emerged of him sitting astride a dead horse.

The leaked picture of the grinning trainer sitting on the animal with two fingers raised in a "V for victory" gesture with the caption "New work rider this morning" has sparked fury and disgust across the sport.

Elliott will appear before a disciplinary panel in his native Ireland on Friday and he faces a likely ban for what he described as a "moment of madness".

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