Gordon Elliott claims his first winner since ban


Shamed trainer Gordon Elliott claims his first winner since returning from six-month ban for sitting on a dead horse as favourite Fancy Foundations claims race in Ireland

  • Gordon Elliott had his first winner since returning from six-month suspension 
  • Trainer, 43, was banned for 12 months, with half of that punishment suspended
  • Favourite Fancy Foundations gave him his first success back on a racecourse


Gordon Elliott has had his first winner since returning from his six-month suspension for sitting on a dead horse.

The leading Irish trainer, 43, was banned for 12 months, with half of that punishment suspended, after an image of him sitting on a dead horse was widely circulated on social media in March.

Elliott was also ordered to pay costs of E15,000 – with the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board stating the punishment reflected ‘the seriousness of the offence and the damage to the Irish racing industry’ after the image provoked huge public outcry.

Gordon Elliott was banned for 12 months – six months suspended  – after this image of him sitting on a dead horse was widely circulated on social media in March

The trainer had his first winner since returning from his ban on Wednesday afternoon

The trainer had his first winner since returning from his ban on Wednesday afternoon 

After serving a ban of six months, during which time Denise Foster took temporary control of Cullentra stables, Elliott was free to begin making entries again from last Thursday.

His first runner back – Oh Purple Reign – finished 12th of 14 in the Donate To The Coast To The Curragh Cycle In Honour Of Pat Smullen Handicap on Tuesday.

But on Wednesday favourite Fancy Foundations gave him his first success since getting his trainer’s licence back with a four-length victory in the Templehouse Lake Chase at Sligo, Ireland. 

More to follow 

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