THERE was great news for Irish racecourses this week following An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin’s announcement that attendance caps for outdoor sporting events would be removed from yesterday, as covid-related restrictions ease nationwide.

Although a positive update indeed, the specifics are far from clear or straightforward. Racecourses are not just outdoor venues; they are a combination of both indoor and outdoor facilities, making the guidelines announced on Tuesday difficult to apply here without further clarification.