London. After horse trainer Gordon Elliott, jockey Rob James apologized for the picture that overcame the dead horse. On Tuesday, James told the Irish Field newspaper, “I apologize to the owners. His behavior was completely inappropriate and disrespectful.
A video circulating on the Internet shows James riding a horse that died of a heart attack during training. The recording was made in 2016, and James admitted that he would not even try to defend his idiocy to avoid further damage. “I embarrassed my employers and family, especially the sport I love.”
Michael Owen: Within two days the reputation of horse racing was ruined
James won a famous race in Cheltenham last year on horseback, the Milan Native, coached by Elliott. The Irish Horse Racing Agency is now investigating his case, as Elliott was talking on the phone behind a dead animal. He is considered one of the most important coaches in Great Britain and Ireland. But now the British Horse Racing Authority has suspended him.
Michael Owen, horse owner and former English national soccer player, panicked. Within two days the popularity of horse racing had waned, he criticized. But these are unusual cases. “Millions of people literally adore their horses, so this event will not affect the rest of us,” Owen said.