Horse Racing Ireland is hoping to launch a second all-weather track by 2021 as it tries to “grow participation levels and opportunities in the Irish racing industry”.
The authority is seeking expressions of interest from existing racecourses and prospective new venues following discussions at a board meeting last week.
Brian Kavanagh, HRI’s CEO said: “Dundalk has proven the demand for a high quality all-weather racing product and has played a vital role in sustaining the racing industry and employment in flat yards throughout the winter months.
“It has also served as a shop window for our breeding industry with strong international demand for horses with proven ability.
“It came across clearly in our consultations and public roadshows last year that there was a demand from the industry for a second all-weather facility.
“The board has recognised the role which a second all-weather track can play in creating further employment and increasing opportunities for owners, horses, trainers and jockeys.
“The development of a second all-weather track in Ireland will require significant investment by the racecourse owners and by Horse Racing Ireland and, funding permitting, we would like to see one introduced by 2021.
“We are therefore writing to existing racecourses to gauge the levels of interest in such a proposal and inviting interested parties to come forward with their proposals for discussion and consideration.”