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    Down Royal to close end of this year


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    seems to have been quickly sorted

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    He said, she said

    A lot of politics involved up there for sure
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    What does Arlene Foster say? Got her grubby mitts in everything else.
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    It sounds like the tenants are trying to put manners on their new landlord. I hope they succeed.

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    Reading between the lines of Brian O'Connor's latest blog the situation concerning Down Royal looks messy, with a complete breakdown of relations between the racecourse management company and their landlord.

    Part of the interest in the site 13 years ago was the plan to make a cultural centre out of the Maze/Long Kesh (!) and a new all-purpose stadium, just down the road. But those plans have fallen through and the landlord probably isn't doing very well out of his investment. Unless he can get permission to build on the site, which doesn't seem very likely (or am I being naive?), he might think his best hope of a better return is to frighten enough racing people into putting up the funds to buy him out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post
    Reading between the lines of Brian O'Connor's latest blog the situation concerning Down Royal looks messy, with a complete breakdown of relations between the racecourse management company and their landlord.

    Part of the interest in the site 13 years ago was the plan to make a cultural centre out of the Maze/Long Kesh (!) and a new all-purpose stadium, just down the road. But those plans have fallen through and the landlord probably isn't doing very well out of his investment. Unless he can get permission to build on the site, which doesn't seem very likely (or am I being naive?), he might think his best hope of a better return is to frighten enough racing people into putting up the funds to buy him out.

    https://www.irishracing.com/blog-ite...nt&prid=194893

    Very surprising to see the folks in the Six Counties not getting along. Let's hope it all works out.

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    Some of us have different memories of Down Royal , it's obvious you're confusing it with Killarney:

    http://www.attheraces.com/form/horse...eat/GB/2516137
    Last edited by Grey; 25th October 2018 at 11:20 AM.

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