Horse Racing Ireland Roadshow visits Tipperary

Horse Racing Ireland Roadshow

Eugene Cooney, Carmel Leavy, Enda O'Keeffe and DJ Histon from Clonmel Racecourse attended the Horse Racing Ireland Roadshow at the Horse and Jockey Hotel

All three County Tipperary racecourses were represented at the latest of the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) roadshows on what the future holds for Irish racing.

Staff from Thurles, Clonmel and Tipperary attended the forum, the third of the series, held at the Horse and Jockey Hotel.

Sisters Kate Molony and Annemarie Cullen represented Thurles; DJ Histon, Eugene Cooney, Carmel Leavy and Enda O’Keeffe were there for Clonmel; while Andrew Hogan, Robert Dunne and Perry Power flew the flag for Tipperary.

They also spread the word that their season at Tipperary will kick off on Thursday, May 10 following the postponement of their April 19 fixture.

Above - Andrew Hogan, General Manager of Tipperary Racecourse, with James Mulcahy at the Horse Racing Ireland Roadshow

Those in attendance engaged with the CEO of HRI, Brian Kavanagh, and members of the HRI senior management team on numerous topics including staffing issues within the industry, the devastating implications of Brexit for racing and breeding in Ireland, the vital economic role played by racing and breeding in rural Ireland, and the importance of a solid funding structure to grow the industry and provide opportunities for those at every level.

Jason Morris, Director of Racing at HRI, spoke in depth about race programming and the patterns that have emerged in Irish racing in recent years.

He addressed concerns expressed by trainers and permit holders.

Above - Kate Molony and Annemarie Cullen, Thurles Racecourse attended the Horse Racing Ireland Roadshow at the Horse and Jockey Hotel

Those present also heard of the challenges in attracting people to go racing from HRI’s Commercial and Marketing Director Paul Dermody, who outlined that the racing industry in Ireland has one of the biggest core audiences in sport and employs almost 29,000 directly and indirectly.