Irish amateur jockey Rob James says he was “broken” because of the “damage” he caused after being filmed climbing onto the back of a dead horse

A video on social media shows James galloping on the animal while some in attendance hears laughter

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board announced that it is aware of the video and is investigating the matter

“I just want to apologize for my actions that were completely inappropriate and disrespectful,” said James

Speaking to the Irish Field, James added, “I sincerely apologize to the mare’s owners, the staff who looked after her, the horse racing industry and all horse racing enthusiasts for my actions

“Trying to defend my stupidity at the time would insult and hurt the many loyal people who have supported me throughout my career. I have embarrassed my employers, my family and especially the sport I love

“I am broken by the damage I have caused and will do my best to make amends for those injured by my behavior”

James, who rode the Milan Native to victory at the Cheltenham Festival last year, said the mare in the video died after suffering cardiac arrest while galloping in April 2016

His apology comes a day after Irish coach Gordon Elliott was temporarily banned from racing in the UK after being portrayed sitting on a dead horse

Elliott, 43, apologized for a photo of him sitting on a dead horse and was later temporarily banned by the British Horseracing Authority pending an IHRB investigation

Elliott said the picture was taken “some time ago” and was a “moment of madness that I will have to pay for the rest of my life”

Elliott, who saddled the winner of the Grand National three times, has received a lot of criticism in racing

On Tuesday, Cheveley Park Stud Farm announced BBC Sport’s Laura Scott that they would be removing their eight horses from Elliott’s base and moving them to Irish trainers Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins

Envoi Allen, lead contender for the Cheltenham Festival, joins the De Bromhead team with Ballyadam, Malone Road, Quilixios and Guily Billy

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/56250379