Thursday, September 17, 2020

Jockeys and trainers stand for a minute’s silence for the late Pat Smullen at this afternoon’s Tramore Races. Owners will be allowed back to Irish meetings from Monday. Photo: Noel Browne.

It came too late for the lucky owners whose horses won at this afternoon’s meeting at Tramore Racecourse, but Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today announced that from Monday next (September 21) owners will be welcomed back to Irish racecourses.

The HRI statement states, “Government guidelines now permit racing and other outdoor events to have a limited number of spectators on the racecourse in addition to those necessary to stage the event. With owners a stated priority for HRI, the decision has been taken to allow two people per owner to attend from next week. Pre-meeting health screening and temperature checking will be required. Further details will be issued to owners today relating to the specific protocols to be followed.

“Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said: “We are delighted to confirm that for the first time since March 13, owners will be permitted to return to the racecourse from Monday next. Owners play the most important role in Irish racing and they have had to wait quite some time to return to the racecourse to see their horses run. We have always said that getting owners back on the racecourse was our first priority and we have been working closely on this with the Association of Irish Racehorse Owners and their representative Caren Walsh.

“As all key personnel who have been racing behind closed doors since June 8 will testify, these are not race fixtures as we used to know them, and given the ongoing public health risk, it remains as important now as it ever has been, that all those attending racecourses adhere strictly to the race day protocols.

“Since we resumed racing in Ireland, the level of care and compliance with the Covid-19 protocols has been excellent and it is vital that everybody continues to comply with the rules on the racecourse around pre-health screening, social distancing and the wearing of face masks or coverings at all times.”


At this afternoon’s Tramore Races, jockeys and trainers stood in silence for a minute’s silence for the nine times Irish Flat Champion jockey, Pat Smullen, who died this week.

There was one local winner with Tramore’s Paul Power training and riding Tiantu (9/1) to victory by a nose from Jack Holiday in the Kilmeaden Handicap Chase.

  • There will be a full report on today’s Tramore Races in Tuesday’s Waterford News & Star.


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