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Horse Racing Ireland confirm return of owners from Monday

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

16:36 2 Jun 2021

Horse Racing Ireland has confirmed that owners will be allowed to return to Irish racecourses from the upcoming Bank Holiday Monday.

The news comes on the back of last week's Government announcement that up to 200 people can attend outdoor events from next Monday, 7 June.

It will be the first time since last September that owners will be back on Irish racecourses and two owners per runner will be permitted to attend.

There are two fixtures on this Monday, two seven-race cards at Listowel in Kerry and at Kilkenny's Gowran Park.

Horse Racing Ireland's (HRI) statement today said: "To assist in the safe operation of race meetings, designated areas for owners to meet their trainers and jockeys have been established on each track, while winning owners will be permitted to enter the parade ring after their race to welcome in their horse."

23 September 2020; Jockey Paul Townend, centre, with, Cabaret Queento, trainer Willie Mullins, right, Owner Jonathan O'Grady second from left, and winning connections after winning the Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase at Listowel in Kerry. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh added: "We have said all along that getting owners back on the racecourse has been a priority and it is great that it is happening from Bank Holiday Monday at Gowran Park and Listowel.

"Owners have stood by the industry during a very difficult period and their return on track paves the way for greater opening up of race meetings to racing fans in the coming months. Horse Racing Ireland’s Ownership team will be in contact with all owners in advance of Monday with full details.

"Obviously, the overall experience, for the time being, will be an outdoor one, and to ensure that everybody can stay safe, there will be a number of requirements for owners, including registration in advance and arrival through the Health Screening Check-In Area."

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