Rob James: Shocking video emerges of jockey posing on dead horse

Rob James, a jockey who won at Cheltenham in 2020 on a Gordon Elliott trained horse, has appeared in a shocking video where he appears to sit on a dead horse.

Meath trainer Elliott has been temporarily banned from entering horses into British races.

He is being investigated by the British Horseracing Authority after a grotesque picture emerged of him posing astride a dead horse.

Now James, who is from Wexford, appears to do the same in an appalling video that has emerged across social media on Tuesday.

In a statement this morning, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board said:

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board are aware of further social media content circulating and the matter is under investigation.

James is scheduled to saddle up in a race at 5:20 at Gowran Park, Kilkenny today.

He is yet to comment on the circumstances of the video.


Last year at Cheltenham, James rode Milan Native, an Elliott horse, to win the Kim Muir for Gigginstown.

Elliott was banned on Monday from having runners in Britain while Irish authorities investigate the shocking picture of the trainer sitting on a dead horse while talking on his mobile phone.

The top trainer claimed in a statement that he took a phone call and sat down on the horse without thinking, adding the image was taken some time ago.