Ir­ish Derby doubts

The Racing Paper - - News -

WHILE the fu­ture of the Ir­ish Derby is as­sured there is con­cern in North­ern Ire­land for the Ul­ster Harp Derby won at Down Royal last Satur­day by Jim Bol­ger’s Change of Ve­loc­ity.

Fears were ex­pressed on race­day about the plans of the course’s own­ers the Dublin based Mer­rion Prop­erty Group to evict the sit­ting ten­ants when the lease runs out at the end of 2018.

Mer­rion paid £6.1m for the race­course in 2005 and have con­sis­tently de­nied lo­cal spec­u­la­tion that they in­tend to close the track and build on the site. But they do ad­mit to am­bi­tions to take over the day to day run­ning of the race­course.

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