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French Racing - Opening Up

Crowds to Be Admitted Soon

The French government has announced that all sports stadia, including racecourses, will be reopened to the paying public from July 11, with a limit of 5,000 people in the initial stages.
The news came as part of a raft of announcements surrounding the easing of lockdown restrictions, following a late-night session of the Defence and National Security Council (CSDN), France's equivalent of the COBRA committee.
In a separate development, France Galop confirmed meetings scheduled for Auteuil, Longchamp and Saint-Cloud next week will take place at their intended venues, meaning racing will return to the capital for the first time since May 19.
Hers's hoping that the UK and Ireland will follow as soon as possible after then.


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Irish Racing - Post Covid-19

Make Racing Bigger and Better

Thank you to the Racing Post for publishing my open letter regarding the post Covid-19 landscape. "Racing’s festivals are the lifeblood of the industry, not ordinary racedays. They generate the most media and public interest, attendances and income for all. More should be done to ensure that a race programme should be formulated to maximise the benefits of festivals, and yes, to the detriment of smaller meetings."


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2020 Fixtures

2020 Race Fixtures

HRI (Horse Racing Ireland) have today released a revised fixture list for all remaining race days in 2020. Racing will resume from Monday 8th June behind closed doors, with Naas being the first fixture with strict Covid-19 protocols in place. Although spectators are not allowed at present this situation is fluid and may change in line with government and health authority advice going forward and our best guess (it is only our opinion) is that racing will be held with spectators from September onwards. . From us all at Race & Stay we wish all of the Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, Stable staff, Racecourses and Racecourse staff well. Stay safe and well everyone.


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July Fixtures

Racing in July

Following an annoucement by HRI today racing fixtures for July 2020 have been confirmed and currently are set to be run behind closed doors and with strict Covid-19 protocols in place. At least we are back racing which is a great relief to all in the industry, and although spectators are not allowed at present this situation is fluid and may change in line with government and health authority advice going forward. From us all at Race & Stay we wish all of the Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, Stable staff, Racecourses and Racecourse staff well. Stay safe and well everyone.


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Racing Behind Closed Doors

Racing Gets Back on Track

Following an annoucement by HRI and on advice from the Irish Government Horse Racing in Ireland is set to return behind closed doors and with strict Covid-19 protocols in place from Monday June 8th with the opening meeting at Naas. Horse Racing Ireland have released a new fixture list for June 2020 showing that the Classic 1000, and 2000 Guineas meeting will be held as usual at the Curragh, but later than its traditional end of May weekend this year on Friday 12th June (2000 Guineas) and Saturday 13th June (1000 Guineas and Tattersalls Gold Cup). The Irish Derby remains unchanged from its original date of Saturday 27th June. From us all at Race & Stay we wish all of the Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, Stable staff, Racecourses and Racecourse staff well. Stay safe and well everyone.


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An Open Letter

Lets Improve Irish Racing

When racing returns, and hopefully it will soon, who knows how well perceived it will be. It may be difficult to even retain even the pre-coronavirus level of public interest let alone emerge as a viable business. We are an entertainment industry as well as a sport and business and we now have a golden opportunity to radically improve what we offer. Each year HRI releases a fixture list full of race meetings that are poorly attended with generally low prize money, why? Well, there are, of course, many “industry professionals” that argue this racing is essential for the smaller trainer, for racecourses to generate income from media rights etc, etc, but the reality is they are of detrimental value.....


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Dublin Racing Festival

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Fairyhouse Easter Festival

Starting on Saturday with a race meeting featuring the valuable RYBO Handicap Hurdle. Sunday for the Grade 1 Fairyhouse Gold Cup, the premier 2 mile 4 furlong chase race of the season in Ireland and concluding with a fabulous Monday race card featuring The Boyle Sports Irish Grand National. Race & Stay packages for as little as €99 per guest.


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