THIS is an anxious time for the members of the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR), those who own and/or operate our 26 racecourses nationwide.

Last Friday’s announcement sheds only a little light on when patrons can be welcomed back to racecourses properly, and what that racing experience might be like for the much-missed and valued racegoers when they eventually get there. This is a concern shared by many of the racecourse managers, and by the executive of the Association.