Bromhead's Jack is set to be honored at Laytown and the Curragh this week

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Bromhead’s Jack is set to be honored at Laytown and the Curragh this week

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By Brian Dowling

Officials at Laytown, the only track in Ireland which runs beach action under racing rules, stressed on Monday that there was no additional risk in racing in such surroundings.

The County Meath site is holding its annual meeting on Thursday, the day after the funeral mass for Jack of Bromhead, 13, the son of top jumps coach Henry, who died in a fall during a race at the meeting in horses and ponies from Glenbeigh to Rossbeigh. Strand in County Kerry.

The remainder of this year’s horse and pony racing season in Ireland has been suspended as a mark of respect for the De Bromhead family.

Saturday’s crash could spark renewed attention for beach racing safety and, while acknowledging the sport’s heartbreaking loss and announcing his intention to honor De Bromhead at Thursday’s meeting, the chief executive of Laytown, Kevin Coleman, highlighted the measures taken to ensure the safety of all participants.

“The safety of all riders and horses is paramount to Laytown and we will continue to strive for that,” he said.

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Laytown returns on Thursday

Laytown returns on Thursday

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Laytown’s future was in doubt after its 1994 meeting resulted in the fatal fall of three horses and the injury of several jockeys, while the meeting was abandoned in 2002 when heavy rain made the sand unsafe for racing.

Considerable changes have been made to improve safety over the years and only horses aged four and over are allowed to race, blinkers cannot be worn and apprentices who claim more than 5 pounds cannot ride.

Race distances have also been changed, with races no longer allowed in a bend and only races up to seven furlongs can now be run.

“The terms changed dramatically after 1994,” Coleman added.

“There was no more racing around the hairpin bend. The bay is a natural curve but it’s practically a straight course now.

“Fortunately, we haven’t really had any other challenges since then. Some areas of the shoreline are dyked before the race and we employ water tankers to drain off any excess water throughout the day when the race heats up. takes place after the 2002 incident.

“The racing line has also been changed to avoid these flows again.”

Reacting to De Bromhead’s death, pony racing officials announced via Twitter on Monday morning that all remaining matches of the season had been called off.

PonyRacing.ie tweeted: “Horse and pony racing are suspended for the remainder of the season out of respect for Jack of Bromhead. Our priority now is to support everyone affected by this tragedy. Rest in peace Jack. Forever in our thoughts.”

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Jack de Bromhead: his death rocked the sport

Jack de Bromhead: his death rocked the sport

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Brian Kavanagh, who will oversee his first Longines Irish Champions Weekend (ICW) as the Curragh’s chief executive this weekend, added his condolences and said: “It will cast a cloud over this weekend and the whole industry for a long time I think “Everyone is just in shock. It puts everything into perspective. It’s really tragic.

“The De Bromhead family are highly respected in racing and I think everyone feels their pain. He was such a lovely guy who, even at such a young age, impacted so many people. really horrible, and very difficult to understand.” .”

On the decision to scrap the rest of the horse and pony racing season, he added: “I don’t think anyone in pony racing would really want to race this year after what happened. passed Saturday. community.”

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