Saturday 20 January 2018

Comer set for new clash in acrimonious turf war

Stud farms: Luke Comer Picture: Patrick Bolger
Stud farms: Luke Comer Picture: Patrick Bolger
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

One of Ireland's richest men is set for another high-profile clash with the Turf Club, the governing body of Irish racing.

Former plasterer turned construction tycoon Luke Comer, who has an estimated 500 horses at various stud farms in Ireland, will appear at a hearing tomorrow in the latest round of his continuing battle with the self-perpetuating Turf Club, which polices Irish racing.

The organisation's chief executive, Denis Egan, has confirmed that the hearing will take place, probably in Dublin, and it is believed that Comer, who runs a multi-billion international construction business, has employed a heavyweight legal team to fight a ban on him running his horses in Ireland or England.

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