Horse Racing Ireland plan second all-weather racecourse

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Horse Racing Ireland has introduced plans to increase a 2nd all-climate song to supplement the existing racecourse in Dundalk.

HRI stated that it is “searching for expressions of the hobby from present racecourses and prospective new venues.”

The announcement follows a selection taken by using the Board of HRI at their assembly last Monday and forms a part of a strategic ambition to grow participation levels and opportunities within the Irish racing industry.

Horse Racing Ireland CEO, Brian Kavanagh said: “Dundalk has validated the call for a high nice all-climate racing product and has played a vital function in maintaining the racing enterprise and employment in flat yards in the course of the wintry weather months.

“It has additionally served as a shop window for our breeding industry with strong global demand for horses with proven capacity.

“It came across virtually in our consultations and public roadshows remaining yr that there has been a call for from the industry for a 2d all-climate facility.

“The Board has acknowledged the position which a second all-climate music can play in growing similarly employment and growing opportunities for proprietors, horses, running shoes and jockeys.

“The improvement of a 2d all-weather music in Ireland will require sizeable investment by means of the racecourse proprietors and by using Horse Racing Ireland and, funding permitting, we would really like to look one delivered with the aid of 2021.

“We are therefore writing to current racecourses to gauge the degrees of hobby in such a suggestion and inviting involved events to return forward with their proposals for dialogue and attention.”

Meanwhile, the hole of the redeveloped Curragh has been not on time by using 3 weeks, to 6 May.

The unique programme scheduled for the Curragh on Saturday, 13 April will switch it in its entirety to Naas on that day, and ticket income for the Curragh can be honoured, or refunds can be sought through the Curragh.

Kavanagh stated that the HRI board determined to “de-danger the situation and supply actuality to the enterprise and public through delaying the public opening of the brand new Curragh facility till it’s miles completely finished and fully examined.”