A SICKENING video showing jockey Rob James laughing while jokingly riding a dead horse is being investigated by racing chiefs.
The clip, widely circulated on social media, comes after Gordon Elliott’s dead horse photo shame.
Elliott, 43, has been banned from racing in Britain just two weeks ahead of Cheltenham Festival.
The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board confirmed they are aware of the new horrific video and looking into it.
Top amateur jockey James, a Cheltenham Festival winner last year who previously rode for Elliott, has issued an apology after the video from 2016 surfaced.
He told The Irish Field: “I have become aware of a video circulating of me on social media.
“I would just like of apologise for my actions which were wholly inappropriate and disrespectful to a lovely five-year-old mare, who unfortunately suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while at exercise earlier that morning, April 30th, 2016.
“I sincerely apologise to the owners of the mare, the staff who cared for her, the horseracing industry and all followers of horse racing for my actions.
“To try defending my stupidity at the time would add further insult and hurt to the many loyal people that have supported me during my career.
“I have caused embarrassment to my employers, my family and most importantly the sport I love.
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“I am heartbroken by the damage I have caused and will do my best to try and make amends to those hurt by my conduct.”
A tweet read: “The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board are aware of further social media content circulating and the matter is under investigation.”
One social media user who had viewed the clip wrote: “Absolutely disgusting!”
Another posted: “How sick is this. F***ing disgusting.”
While one comment read: “That’s totally inexcusable, so disrespectful.”
In the video, a horse lays stricken on the side of the gallops.
Two men near the horse’s head appear ready to help move the body.
But then the video pans round to capture the moment a man runs up to the horse and jumps on it, straddling the dead body as if riding it.
The man then gets off and pats the body on the side before the video ends.
The British Horseracing Authority – who yesterday issued the ban on Elliott’s runners – is also aware of the clip.
However, it is not yet known if they will carry out a formal investigation into the matter.
Racing has been rocked by the fallout of top trainer Elliott sitting on a dead horse.
The image went viral on social media over the weekend and has thrown the three-time Grand National winner’s future into doubt.
Already the BHA have told him he is not allowed runners in Britain.
And the IHRB continue to probe the origins of the photo as well as deliberate over what punishment they will dish out.
A dual probe into the background of this latest horrific footage, which appears to again show no regard for the dead animal, is now ongoing.
He told the Racing Post: “It is indefensible. Whether alive or dead, the horse was entitled to dignity.
“A moment of madness that I am going to have to spend the rest of my life paying for and that my staff are suffering for.
“I will be punished, I fully understand that. But it absolutely breaks my heart to read and hear people say that I have no respect for my horses.
“That couldn’t be further from the truth.
“My whole life has revolved around horses since I was a child. I know nothing else. Horses are all I have. I came from nothing and built a dream.
“When your world starts crumbling in front of you, it’s a scary place to be.
“I just hope people can understand how truly sorry I am and find some way to forgive me for what I have done.”