IJA Notice: Resumption of Racing Update

7th May 2020

Dear IJA Member, 

No doubt you are all aware that the “indicative” date for resumption of racing is 29th June. If this date is to be strictly adhered to it would be very damaging, to say the least, for Irish racing with a considerable part of the flat season lost, little opportunity to run jump horses and considerable scheduling difficulties for the remainder of the season. 

However, considerable work is being done in the background by HRI with The Department of Agriculture, Food and The Marine in seeking a resumption to racing in the first wave after the 18th May. These discussions and representations are ongoing and while, of course, every other sector of Irish industry is equally pressing hard for an earlier lifting of restrictions HRI remain “hopeful” that a date earlier than 29th June can still be achieved for a return to racing. A possible date of 8th June has also been suggested but I am reliably informed by HRI representatives that this has not been substantiated and cannot be confirmed. From what I am advised, HRI remain hopeful that racing still may be included in the first wave but there is always a risk that if we return too early and a second wave of illness affects the weigh room this would lead to the long-term shutting down of racing and must be avoided at all costs. 

I am sorry that I cannot give you more definitive information but as soon as I have any further news I shall let you know. 

If you have any queries at all please, of course, feel free to contact me per telephone. 

Best regards and stay safe, 

Andrew Coonan