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    Two meetings in Ireland today.

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    Feels weird having no Sunday Irish fixture...

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    Oh there was, Ben, and it was a classic.

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    Shame about the result though
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    Had a good day today and happy with the results but I have to say the amount of schooling in public that goes on in Ireland is a joke. I'm all for bringing young horses on slowly but not to the extent they don't even get in the race

    The first 2 races and the novice chase qualify for at least a dozen jockeys under the non triers rules.

    At no time did any of them make the slightest effort to go with the favourites in the race which is great for us punters but a real killer for the casual ew punter who has got 2 chances and ones a dog's chance.

    It seems the mentality is WPM and Ruby are 1/2 fav no sense in even trying I better keep out of their way..........held up in rear never dangerous is the most used piece of form in Ireland
    Formely Fist of Fury

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    A change in labour legislation is having potentially important and probably unintended consequences for racing, which is no longer classified as an agricultural activity and therefore exempt from working hours legislation. Ballydoyle Stables is appealing a finding that they are not complying with the law and the rest of the industry is looking on to see what happens next.

    This is the best article I've seen so far on the subject:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/nar...stry-1.3371336

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    Ironically enough horses in EU are deemed agricultural animals re medication so the banning of bute and other medicines in food producing animals led to major problems in treating racehorses .
    This led to a reclassification of racehorses having passports stamped as not for human consumption and vets having to declare if they keep horse specific medicines in their practice.
    it can be argued that racing folk wanting to "have their bute and eat it " have created this labour problem where the participants are involved in an Agricultural business but the athletes (horses) are not; an Irish solution to an Irish problem.
    Maybe Brexit is the way forward to preserve racing as we know it !

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    In the 2019 budget statement today the Minister for Finance, under pressure from a coterie of headbangers in a loosely associated coalition government, doubled turnover tax for the betting industry from 1% to 2%. I received this press release soon afterwards. Question: Armageddon or overreaction?

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    Press Release: Betting tax doubled – wipes out Independent SectorToday’s announcement that the betting tax has doubled has just signed P45s for over 1500 jobs in the independent bookmaking sector, the majority in rural areas.It is the final blow for a sector of the industry that had already been in steep decline. Only 200 Independent shops survived the recession, with 450 closed over the last 8 years. Increasing the betting tax to 2% makes the majority of these remaining shops unviable, forces long standing family businesses into liquidation and creates totally unnecessary job losses across the country.We have long advised that this proposal carries significant risk and that it will fail to achieve the fantasy €50m that the Independent Alliance claimed. The instigators of this retrograde step have failed to either consult with or understand our industry and have shown complete disregard for the holistic nature of this issue by not factoring in the new costs and reducing revenue in the form of declining PRSI, VAT and ultimately turnover tax associated with these closures. It also ignores the revenue that will be lost to black market operators who will now thrive in areas where licensed bookmakers have to close.Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the Irish Bookmakers Association said;"Already since the Budget measures were announced, I have spoken to a number of small independent bookmakers, some of whom have been in business for more than 40 years, who now believe they have no option but to let their staff go and close their doors. We predict that there will be 300 shops closed when the tax is enacted with the loss of at least 1500 jobs.It is extremely disappointing that the Government conceded to this demand by politicians who never engaged with the industry or understood the profound effect a turnover tax can have on so many jobs. As an industry we will continue to search for a way to address this regressive tax on jobs and businesses.”Ends

    For further queries please contact
    Sharon Byrne
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    www.IrishBookmakersAssociation.com
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