The Racing Post will cease publication from tomorrow in what will be the first time racing's flagship daily newspaper hasn't been printed since its foundation in 1986.
The latest in a long line of layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic will see many staff at the Racing Post out of full-time employment for the foreseeable future with racing in Ireland and England forced to cancel amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
Irish racing had been flying the flag for the past week with racing behind closed doors keeping the Racing Post ticking over but yesterday's announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar put paid to racing on these shores until April 19 at the earliest.
Irish greyhound racing also fell by the wayside and with those decisions coming a week after the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) cancelled British racing until May, the Racing Post were forced to make some difficult calls.
The exact number of people who will lose employment is not yet clear but approximately 300 jobs are believed to be in jeopardy after workers were informed of the cutbacks earlier today.
It is understood that a skeleton staff will continue to update their digital platforms during this period with their hugely popular Racing Post App one of the most trusted sources of equine information by punters and racing fans alike.