EARLIER in the month this paper carried an interesting item with regard to the rollout of free public WiFi at all Irish racecourses which is virtually complete.

This in itself is noteworthy as this initiative can only benefit the general racegoer experience. Equally if not more interesting was an item in the same story which indicated that there are plans for this service to be sponsored by a major bookmaker. It is believed that in return for becoming a betting partner to this service the successful bidder would have to pay in the region of €300,000.