Author: Mike Deasy

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GAA final replay not so champion for racing

There’s nothing the Gaelic Athletic Association likes better than a drawn All-Ireland Final. It means a replay, and another 82,000 returning to Dublin’s Croke Park stumping up more money on admission, programmes and refreshments....

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Does Cheltenham need a new mares’ chase?

There was mixed reaction, to say the least, to the news that the Cheltenham Festival was to have a new race in 2021, a mares’ chase. And, significantly, it was going to replace one of...

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Plug shouldn’t be pulled on Bath fixture

A feature of the latest racecourse attendance figures, which saw a 2% increase in the first half of 2019 compared to last year, was the contribution made by fixtures over Easter, spearheaded by the...

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Sectional timing not for everyone

Last week, these scribblings questioned the timing of the Levy Board providing £900,000 funding for sectional timing and tracking data to be installed at all British racecourses. Is now the right time to devote...