Prominent trainer warns of impact on racing from Ireland’s gambling advertising ban, as networks threaten withdrawal

Prominent trainer warns of impact on racing from Ireland’s gambling advertising ban, as networks threaten withdrawal

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  • Brian O'Connor, The Irish Times
October 8, 2023 12:55 PM

Willie Mullins has warned of the impact from the proposed new Gambling Regulation Bill that threatens day-to-day coverage of Irish racing, a situation the record-breaking champion jumps trainer believes has the sport caught in the crossfire of a gambling rather than racing problem.

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The specialist cross-channel stations, Racing TV, which has coverage of Irish racing behind a paywall, and Sky Sports, have threatened to withdraw their coverage in Ireland if an advertising ban between 5.30am and 9pm goes ahead under the new legislation.

Both organisations claim such a scenario will make their products unviable in Ireland and their withdrawal would result in day-to day coverage of Irish racing being unavailable on TV screens here.