Gordon Elliott Fined £3,000 For Public Schooling

Gordon Elliott Fined £3,000 For Public Schooling

Leading Irish Trainer Gordon Elliott has been fined up to £3,000 for schooling in public at Ayr Racecourse, after Braid Blue - ridden by Henry Brooke finished a never-in-contention fifth in the two-mile novice hurdle at 2:00pm.

An inquiry into the running and riding of the dual bumper winner was held after the contest, with the replays showing that the horse was found to have stayed on under "apparent tender handling". In other words, the jockey was happy to ride out for his position, and was never posed a serious question via the use of a whip.

The six-year-old finished nine lengths behind stablemate Galvin - who recorded his fifth straight win and his third over hurdles, keeping on well in front fending off the late challenge of Elvis Mali.

The jockey in the saddle - Henry Brooke was suspended for two weeks for his part in the act, but alerted stewards to the fact he was instructed to sit in midfield someway off the pace, on the bridle, and get the gelding jumping and travelling to ensure he would definitely finish.

Braid Blue - not that the horse knew any different - was banned from running for 40 days, and Brooke made it clear that his partner had jumped very poorly on his hurdles debut at Galway back in September and needed a bit more of a lesson when ridden previously by Davy Russell - who sat aboard the winner Galvin this time.

Despite this, the 28yo was deemed to have failed the ride on his horse having never called upon maximum effort. At odds of 16/1, many of those who had a bet on the horse owned by PJ McBurney did not get a fair run for their money, and many perceived it as Elliott taking the mickey.

Elliott nevertheless made his trip to Britain worthwhile, recording three winners from a possible five runners; with Veinard recording his first win over fences, before Arion Sky showed plenty of ability in the curtain closing bumper.

There was some trouble trying to fly home the Elliott squad, after the outbreak of Equine Influenza in Britain caused their to be much concern late on Wednesday night.

No racing will go ahead on Thursday in the UK - resulting in the cancellation of the Ffos Las, Doncaster and Huntingdon cards.

Elliott's runners are remaining separate to those when heading home - which in turn will allow the seven races at Thurles to go ahead and not cause any spread of the potential disease from the unnamed affected yard.

Meydan also provides a lively card that will have to suffice for Thursday's racing - you can read all our tips for that by clicking HERE.

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