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O'Brien calls for another all-weather track in Ireland

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Joseph O'Brien has called for a second all-weather track to be built in Ireland to relieve the pressure on entries at Dundalk.

Citing the oversubscription of races at Ireland's only all-weather track, the trainer outlined his case in his BoyleSports blog, adding that, at the very least, Dundalk should be given more fixtures to cope with the demand.

He said: "I’d love to see another all-weather track here and, if that’s not the case, then Dundalk should be used more regularly.

"I realise the authorities are keen to keep the quality of the racing up in Ireland – we don’t want low-grade horses racing for poor prize-money. I could take these horses to the UK but you barely cover your costs even if one wins. That’s after expenses are taken into account."

Dundalk manager Jim Martin agreed with O'Brien's stance on demand outstripping availability at the track.

He said: "We certainly have the capacity to stage a lot more meetings. We'll host 37 this year, so that means the track isn't being used for racing for 328 days of the year.

"If the demand is there, and I think it is, we could stage a lot more than we do. It makes sense."

Dundalk's next fixture is on Friday and it has attracted 182 entries.

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On the proposed closure of Kempton by Jockey Club Racecourses, O'Brien added: “I’m not into the politics of racing but it seems such a shame to lose a track of this quality."

I’d love to see another all-weather track in Ireland and, if that’s not the case, then Dundalk should be used more regularly
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