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Horse racing could be left decimated if it can't convince government of early return

Michael Verney



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Bachasson, with Paul Townend up, jumps the last on their way to winning at Clonmel on the last day of racing on March 24. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Bachasson, with Paul Townend up, jumps the last on their way to winning at Clonmel on the last day of racing on March 24. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Bachasson, with Paul Townend up, jumps the last on their way to winning at Clonmel on the last day of racing on March 24. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

There's an old adage that "if you don't have something good to say, then you shouldn't say anything at all" and that seems to have been the approach adopted by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) over the past week.

There was widespread shock in the racing industry last Friday when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced his five-phase plan to ease lockdown restrictions with Irish racing on the back burner until June 29 and great confusion ensuing over its place under the Department of Agriculture's remit.


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