Wednesday 26 April 2017

Leopardstown among tracks facing revamp

Madonna Fan with Danny Howard up, jumps the last on their way to winning the British Equestrian Insurance Brokers Handicap Hurdle, Leopardstown, which will soon begin a €19m revamp of its customer facilities (Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE)
Madonna Fan with Danny Howard up, jumps the last on their way to winning the British Equestrian Insurance Brokers Handicap Hurdle, Leopardstown, which will soon begin a €19m revamp of its customer facilities (Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE)

Leopardstown will soon begin a €19m revamp of its customer facilities with a €2m contribution from Horse Racing Ireland after an initial round of capital development grants were confirmed yesterday.

The €2m figure represents 40pc of the €5m cost of phase one of the project. Each of the country's 26 tracks are eligible for the same percentage of aid via the €100m Racecourse Development Scheme that was announced last year.

Ballinrobe, Killarney and Tipperary have had funding totalling €820,000 confirmed for similar projects, which include improvements to stands and buildings, parade rings, stable yards and ambulance roads. A planned €55m upgrade of the Curragh's outdated facilities is also on the agenda but remains unconfirmed.

Irish Independent

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