Horse Racing in Ireland Suspended Until Apr. 19

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Sovereign winning the 2019 G1 Irish Derby | Racing Post

All sporting events in Ireland have been suspended following an announcement from the Irish Government. Racing has been continuing to stage meetings behind closed doors since Mar. 13, as countries around the world try to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced on Tuesday that all sporting events, even those without spectators, would be cancelled. Racing in Britain was suspended from last Wednesday, with no action anticipated before May 1 at the earliest.

Racing had been due to take place at Dundalk on Wednesday. The Board of Horse Racing Ireland will meet Wednesday morning and issue an update soon after.

County Tipperary trainer David Marnane said, “We’re all in this together and we’ll just have to do the best we can. It’s a devastating blow to us, but it is to everybody in the country. We’re not the only ones. We’ll have to knuckle down and get through this. We will get through this and come out the other side, however long it takes.”

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