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HRI Proposes "Radical" Changes For Irish Racing

Thursday, 12th May 2011

Also in Ireland, a 2-tier fixture list, 25-minute intervals between races & the removal of restrictions on betting at racecourses "are just 3 controversial measures recommended for Irish racing in a report from its Strategic Marketing Group" which Horse Racing Ireland confirmed "would inform its proposals to go before the government this summer" reported racingpost.com. The report followed "almost a year of research & consultation with trainers, jockeys, breeders, owners, bookmakers & racegoers". The group "was charged with making recommendations to grow the levels of attendance at race meetings in Ireland, a figure that dropped to 1.2 million in 2010 from a high of 1.46m 4 years ago". Among the core recommendations in the report "arguably the most controversial will be to create a 2-tier fixture list based on 'premier' & 'standard' racedays to provide a means to differentiate the days with popular appeal from those that may be best suited to low-cost mid-week racing".

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