“The game is,” Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud says, “in the territory of the perfect storm”.

“Staring down the barrel of a gun”: Bruised by Covid, can Ireland’s bloodstock industry survive a hard Brexit?

Hit by Covid and a fall in Middle Eastern funds, Ireland’s horse racing industry is now preparing for a hard Brexit. In an in-depth report, we examine the money trail and speak to trainers, breeders and sales agents about racing’s perfect storm.

15th Sep, 2020 - 13 min read

In early March, merely six wacky months ago, the billionaire ruler of Dubai was found by a court in the United Kingdom to have arranged the kidnapping of two of his adult daughters – including one from the historic city of Cambridge.

Abduction, forced return, torture and a campaign of intimidation were among the damning allegations made against Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. These allegations by his former wife, Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussain, became established fact, published in a series of judgements by the High Court in London.

British racing, a house atop Arab sand, settled into uneasy silence. The Times soon reported that...

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