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With a single, imbecilic act, Gordon Elliott may have lost all his empire

Vincent Hogan


Images circulated this week shame the sport, conveying not simply a lack of respect but also a staggering deafness

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Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA

Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA

Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA

In Barry Geraghty’s book True Colours, he paints an arresting picture of the December day at Cheltenham in 2007 that Macs Joy was lost to a broken leg.

Remembering the small, bay gelding as “my little star” and “a gorgeous horse”, Geraghty all but humanises Macs Joy for the reader. The language used resonates with connection and respect, with love and ultimate heartbreak in its recall of that Bula Hurdle, the horse freakishly snapping a tibia on a flat section down the back straight of the racecourse.


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