Irish racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott said he would help investigate a disputed photo of him shared on social media.
The photo, which some believe has been digitally modified, appears to show the 43-year-old sitting on a dead horse.
Elliott is a hugely successful coach who has won the national title three times, including Twice with Tiger Roll.
And the trainer published on Twitter, “I learned of the existence of an image circulating on social networking sites.”
“The IHRB (Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board) has been in contact with me regarding this picture and I will fully cooperate with their investigation.”
The photo appears to show Elliot making a peace gesture while sitting on a dead horse lying on his side. The caption bears the ‘New Job Contestant’, although it has been described as a fake by some on social media.
He issued his statement late on Saturday night after the Institute for Human Rights and Freedoms earlier said that it was “aware of a photo circulating on social media and the matter is under investigation.”
Elliott, who is based in Meath County, was contacted for comment.
He is preparing for a strong group of runners, including Envoy Allen and Zaneher, for the Cheltenham Festival next month, with 32 winners.
Elliott Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2016 with Don Cusack, It is owned by Ryanair President Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.