Tag Archives: Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

HRI boosts coverage of Irish racing with RTÉ agreement

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Marking the return of racing, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has secured a new broadcast agreement with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) to boost the coverage of the sport. As part of the agreement, RTÉ confirmed that it will be launching a series of new one-hour evening programmes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June and early July. Coverage will be presented …

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UK Tote secures agreement with HRI and Tote Ireland

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has secured a new seven-year alliance with Tote Ireland and the UK Tote Group which will ensure the continuity of Tote on-course service on Irish racecourses. From 1 January 1 2021, UK Tote Group will operate Tote Ireland’s off-course business, allowing Tote Ireland to build a stronger and more agile on-course presence in Ireland. Nicky Hartery, …

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Irish racing cancelled as Varadkar increases COVID-19 measures

Horse racing across Ireland came to a halt last night following new restrictions imposed by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, which has seen all sporting events cancelled until 19 April at the earliest due to COVID-19. Irish racing has been taking place without spectators since 13 March, and was subject to strict controls. The restrictions meant that race meetings were closed …

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BoyleSports closes Irish retail estate in response to COVID-19

In line with the Irish government’s social-isolation policy due to COVID-19, independent bookmaker BoyleSports has confirmed that it will be closing its entire retail estate across the Republic of Ireland. The closure, which will impact 278 retail shops, will come into effect from 8pm on 18 March, and will remain in effect until after 29 March, at the earliest. Conor …

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UK racing preparing to move behind closed doors

As the COVID-19 outbreak has continued to disrupt the sporting world, the racing industry has ramped up preparations for the sport to be held behind closed doors. Taking place later today, the sport’s tripartite leadership, including racecourses, participants and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), will discuss an approach recommended by the industry’s COVID-19 Steering Group. In a statement, the BHA …

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HRI outlines industry priorities in five-year strategy

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has set out six strategic priorities for the Irish racing industry as part of its new five-year strategic plan. The new strategy, which will run from 2020 through to 2024, is hoped to increase the annual economic contribution of the industry to €2.5 billion, as well as provide a boost annual attendances to 1.5 million. Horse …

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Horseracing Bettors Forum surveys punters on racing fixtures

The Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF) has confirmed the launch of its 2020 survey which will allow punters betting both on and off course to suggest improvements to current fixture lists. The survey, which will run from 27th February until 31st March 2020, will give racegoers an opportunity to make their opinions heard regarding the issues over race meetings, as well …

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Racecourse betting continues to grow in Ireland reports HRI

The on-course betting sector in Ireland continued to grow throughout 2019, with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) reporting a 6.6% increase in turnover. Previously, the betting ring had seen its turnover fall by 75% over the last 10 years, however the latest figures have shown a revival in on-course betting, with bookies handling €58.4m. HRI Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh said: “Horse …

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HRI reportedly considering sale of Tote Ireland

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) is reported to be in discussions with a number of third parties over the sale of all or part of Tote Ireland to private interests, with an extensive review of the Tote already taking place.  Reported by The Irish Times, the Tote has faced a number of challenges in recent years, having struggled to compete with …

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Irish on-course bookies warn of strikes

On-course bookmakers in Ireland have warned that they may no longer be able to guarantee their services on tracks following a dispute with the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). The Irish National Professional Bookmakers Association (INPBA) has said that its members may not offer their services at all Irish race meetings from Tuesday onwards, starting …

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