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Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Various regions here including Dundalk, Galway, Naas, Navan, Ballinrobe, Cork, Punchestown, Killarney and Bellewstown have been allocated in additional fixture. On the other hand, Tipperary would be losing the industry fixture that they had staged in the year 2017. They had allocated them on a temporary basis that was reviewed annually.
The Currah would be staging 18 fixtures.
Once again, temporary facilities were again being utilized during a truncated season from 11th May till 16th September, concluding with the second day of the Irish Champions Weekend and the first day would be held at Leopardstown as usual. There would be five Sundays without Flat racing in summer months to ease the workload for stable staff members during the busiest months of the year.
And, the Sunday before Christmas (23rd December) had been left blank at the request of the Irish Stable Staff Association.
As it was previously declared, Leopardstown would be staging a new two-day National Hunt festival on the weekend of 3rd to 4th February that featured the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Irish Gold Cup.
The two races generally feature at different meetings and were two weeks apart this year.
The number of mixed meetings had been minimized from 28 to 19. Out of this, only three would be staged outside Festival meetings.