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Gordon Elliott doesn’t deserve to have his life destroyed by one ill-considered moment

Liam Collins


We only see cruelty when it suits us, writes Liam Collins

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Gordon Elliot in the photo that led to heavy criticism

Gordon Elliot in the photo that led to heavy criticism

Gordon Elliot in the photo that led to heavy criticism

Horse trainer Gordon Elliott turned 43 earlier this week. No doubt, he’s had happier birthdays. The man who left an appalling hostage to fortune, by allowing himself to be photographed astride a dead horse, has seen his world implode over that single image.

In an instant, the taste of victory on the turf, wealth and the admiration of an industry where, as an outsider, he had climbed so close to the top, evaporated in the face of public outrage and corporate fear. As the horse-boxes carted away his winners to other yards, Elliott has been left to struggle for personal survival.


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