Leading Irish racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott says he will help an inquiry into a disputed photograph of him shared on social media.
The image, which some believe has been digitally altered, appears to show the 43-year-old sitting on a dead horse.
Elliott is a highly successful trainer who has won the Grand National three times, including twice with Tiger Roll.
“I’m aware of a photo in circulation on social media,” the trainer posted on Twitter.
“The IHRB (Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board) have been in contact with me regarding this photo and I will be cooperating fully with their investigation.”
The image appears to show Elliott making a peace gesture while sitting on a dead horse lying on its side. It has the caption “new work rider”, although it has been described as a fake by some on social media.
He issued his statement late on Saturday night after the IHRB said earlier that it was “aware of an image circulating on social media and the matter is under investigation”.
Elliott, who is based in County Meath, has been approached for comment.
He is preparing a strong squad of runners, including Envoi Allen and Zanahiyr, for next month’s Cheltenham Festival, where he has had 32 winners.
Elliott won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2016 with Don Cossack, owned by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.