THE resilience of Irish racing throughout this prolonged pandemic has been nothing short of remarkable. This has been displayed by all sectors, and it finally looks as though we are emerging from the shadows, slowly, and winter racing enthusiasts will be back in numbers as the momentum builds.

I have often written about the loyalty of owners, and praised their contribution throughout. Sponsors have also been remarkably steadfast. Keeping the value of many of our better races has enabled racecourse executives to continue to attract the best horses. This has paid off in a big way for our midlands track, Kilbeggan.