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Minister Smith visits Dundalk Race Course

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD will visit Dundalk race course this evening (Friday). The Minister will meet the management and committee of Dundalk Stadium and will have the opportunity to view the facilities at the only all-weather, floodlit track in Ireland.

Minister Smith said that he was "particularly pleased to have another opportunity to visit Dundalk" and acknowledged "the contribution that the racecourse makes to the racing industry both north and south of the border.  Having an all-weather, floodlit racecourse such as this provides a great opportunity for race goers to enjoy Friday evening racing in state-of-the-art facilities."

The Minister said that the development of an all-weather track had contributed to extending and complimenting the flat racing season by providing a facility that would ensure that a stronger programme of flat races could be provided in the spring and autumn months than had previously been the case.

The Minister also referred to this evening's race meeting which includes the Group 3 Diamond Stakes, a race which forms part of the Breeders Cup 'Win and You're In' series.  For the last two years, this race had produced horses which have gone on to win at the Breeders Cup meeting in America.

Date Released: 01 October 2010