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TONY O'HEHIR: Dundalk all-weather tr ack a welcome addit ion.

Byline: TONY O'HEHIR

HAVINGbeen one of those who felt that the all-weather route was not the only one available to the authorities to cater for the middle-to-lower tier Flat horses, one can only wish Dundalk well now that their ambitious plans for our first all-weather facility has finally been given the financial backing to go ahead.

Not every all-weather advocate was convinced that Dundalk was in the right geographical position, but the course, with its existing and successful greyhound stadium on the same site, had been the only runner for some time and for some months it had been a case of 'when not if' Horse Racing Ireland would agree to provide the necessary grant aid. Now one can only hope the licensing committee of the Turf Club and the Dundalk executive can work hand in hand to bring about this new dimension to Irish racing and to introduce on schedule in the spring of 2007.

Getting everything right before the development gets under way is essential and surely any minor difficulties in layout can be easily overcome.

The challenge will be getting bodies hrough the gates on a regular basis, and that will be the test of whether there really is a new audience for racing out there ready to support what is a brave new venture for the sport.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2005
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