A racing tradition dating back 150 years has fallen to Covid-19 with confirmation on Tuesday of the cancellation of the annual fixture on the beach at Laytown, which was due to take place this year on September 1.
The racecourse's committee confirmed the decision had been taken "for public health and safety reasons".
Loose Chippings was one of two winners for Ivan Furtado at the meeting last year
Laytown Races Chairman Joe Collins, said: "Laytown Races is in a unique position as we race under temporary facilities and our racetrack on the beach is a fantastic amenity, open to the public.
"As the health and safety of Laytown and Bettystown residents, sponsors, racegoers, jockeys, trainers, stable staff and racecourse staff is our number one priority, the committee had too many concerns about how we could implement social distancing during racing, especially on the beach and in the village.
“After consultation with all the key stakeholders including the Gardai, Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Body, the committee reached the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020 race meeting but we are already looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our 2021 race fixture.”
Full refunds will be issued for tickets already purchased, the committee added.
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