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Irish Warning On 43% Balloting Increase

Friday, 13th July 2007

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh warned "some radical measures" are likely to curb the huge increase in balloting from races in Ireland, reported racingpost.co.uk. Kavanagh noted balloting from flat races (from the start of the season in March up to the end of June) was up 43% (from 1,639 last year to 2,348) & declared: "I acknowledge that under the current system, trainers are forced to make multiple entries in the hope of a horse getting a run, but the amount of balloting is simply not sustainable & HRI regards the issue as a very important one which needs to be dealt with. The balloting situation was the subject of a special HRI board meeting last month when possible ways of addressing the problem were addressed. We will be bringing forward proposals to the next board meeting which will be held in Galway early next month. Decisions will be taken & made known later next month." Kavanagh revealed "radical measures" will be required & commented: "HRI does not believe it is appropriate to provide opportunities for every horse in training every time that horse's trainer wants to run, although there will be some increase in the number of fixtures & races, in line with the pattern of recent years. The emphasis will continue to be placed on improving the quality of Irish racing & providing opportunities for horses of a reasonable ability, by progressively removing the worst horses from the system."

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