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Ireland More than 120 horses have died this year on Ireland's racecourses

15:00  30 november  2019
15:00  30 november  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Minister Michael Creed has said the figure is consistent with other major racing jurisdictions.

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OVER 120 RACEHORSES have been fatally injured in Ireland so far this year.

According to the latest figures released by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), 128 horses have died racing on both racecourses and point-to-point tracks in Ireland in 2019. 

The figure represents 0.38% of the 33,746 racehorses in the same period, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD said, in response to a Parliamentary Question from Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan. 

“Given the mix of racing in Ireland – flat and national hunt – [it] is consistent with other major racing jurisdictions,” said Creed. 

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That both racecourses have taken a number of major steps in recent years to reduce fatalities And how horses trained for too many consecutive months can exacerbate physical wear and tear. Of the seven horses fatally injured at Del Mar during a race , none had six or more of the risk factors present.

Horse racing has a rich history in Ireland as the sport has taken place here for the past couple of decades where some of the best thoroughbreds ever produced have originated in the country. The Curragh, based in County Kildare, is the most prestigious flat racecourse in Ireland .

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The Minister added that it would be “impractical” to ascertain the number of injuries suffered by racehorses in Ireland this year, however.  

“The timing of the injury will not always be obvious at the racecourse,” the Minister said.

“For example, a horse could be injured when travelling to or from racecourses from the trainer’s yard.”

In response to O’Sullivan, Creed said that Irish racing authorities take horse welfare “extremely seriously” and that independent clerks at racecourses work to “maximise the safety of the course for horse and jockey”.

“Many new initiatives have taken place in recent years in areas such as track surfaces, irrigation policies, hurdle and fence design and race surface maintenance,” said Creed. 

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This List of British racecourses gives details of both current and former horse racing venues in Great Britain. There are, as of 22 November 2019, 59 racecourses operating in Great Britain

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“I am satisfied, therefore, that adequate precautions are in place to protect horses as far as is practicable,” he said. 

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