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Irish racing’s ‘jiffy bag’ moment must be dealt with head on to save its reputation

Michael Verney


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Legendary trainer Jim Bolger shone a worrying light with his claims earlier this year that “there will be a Lance Armstrong in Irish racing”. Photo: Sportsfile

Legendary trainer Jim Bolger shone a worrying light with his claims earlier this year that “there will be a Lance Armstrong in Irish racing”. Photo: Sportsfile

Legendary trainer Jim Bolger shone a worrying light with his claims earlier this year that “there will be a Lance Armstrong in Irish racing”. Photo: Sportsfile

Rachael Blackmore put the spotlight on Irish racing for all the right reasons at Cheltenham last Friday with yet another extraordinary exhibition of her skills in the saddle, but the gremlins dogging the industry are always bubbling under the surface.

Blackmore’s dexterity to stay aboard Gin On Lime was lauded in all quarters but while racing’s poster girl has been great PR for racing this year with her exploits, not even her heroics can dampen the industry’s latest controversy.


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