Tag Archives: Brian Kavanagh

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing appoints Charles O’Neill

Horse Racing Ireland has announced the appointment of Charles O’Neill to the position of Chief Executive of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM). Charles is from a well-known equine family and joins ITM from the financial services sector, most recently a senior position at Ulster Bank. The Kildare native has previous experience working in the racing and breeding industries in France, and …

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European Pattern Committee announces changes to 2015 sprint programme

The European Pattern Committee (EPC) has announced a string of changes to the sprint programme from 2015, designed to address the current lack of opportunities for high-class three-year-old sprinters. The measures include upgrades to races in Britain, France, Germany and Ireland, as well as the introduction of a new Group 1 three-year-old only sprint over six furlongs at Royal Ascot. …

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HRI publishes 2015 calendar

Horse Racing Ireland has released next year’s fixture list, with the total number of meetings remaining unchanged at 349. The key points and changes are as follows: Leopardstown’s two-day meeting in January has been split up so that the fixtures will now be run on successive Sundays (18th & 25thJanuary), with the Boylesports Handicap Hurdle the feature race on Sunday 18th and the BHP Insurance …

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HRI publishes Irish horseracing industry stats

Irish horseracing industry statistics for the first half of 2014 report improvement across many areas with yearly increases in bloodstock sales, racecourse attendances, new owners, Tote turnover and prize-money. However, the number of active owners remains a concern, according to Horse Racing Ireland.Bloodstock sales at public auction grew for the fifth consecutive time with turnover up by almost 42 per cent …

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