Sunday 21 January 2018

Our racing industry is a vital asset – don't let wind turbines blow it away

Thoroughbred racing – ‘the cachet of excellence has been earned through decades of effort’
Thoroughbred racing – ‘the cachet of excellence has been earned through decades of effort’

Joe Osborne

IF thoroughbred racing was an Olympic sport, Ireland would bring home a haul of gold medals every four years. If it was the World Cup, we would be finalists in every competition.

It is a sport in which we are recognised as international leaders, our reputation for excellence is built and maintained on racecourses at home and abroad every year.

But it is more than a sport. It is an industry based on generations of expertise, employing more than 14,000 people in rural locations and contributing more than €1bn to the Irish economy.

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