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Ireland: Proposal For More Claiming Races Meets With Uncertainty From Administrators

Richard McCormick's proposal to increase ownership of racehorses in his native Ireland is simple: the introduction of more claiming races will bring about liquidity at the bottom levels of the sport, allowing new owners to participate without burdensome financial outlays. It's a concept that has worked well in racing in other countries, especially America. According to the Irish Examiner, the country currently runs only about a dozen claiming races each year.

Increasing that number to 100, bringing the number of claiming races to only 4 percent of the total races run in Ireland, would be a step in the right direction, says McCormick. Not only do these races open up ownership opportunities, but they also allow young trainers to participate in what can be a very cost-prohibitive industry. Too many promising young Irish trainers have made the overseas voyage already, McCormick believes.

The proposal was met with caution by the administrative body Horse Racing Ireland. Jason Morris said that due to the smaller number of races in Ireland (compared to France and the US), “any changes to the balance of the race programme have to be carefully weighed up as we have to ensure an appropriate programme of opportunities for all sectors of the horse population.” However, Morris did say that the proposal would be worked through the relevant committees and the appropriate stakeholder groups would have a chance to discuss it.

Read more at the Irish Examiner.

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