Owner Michael O'Leary has shocked the racing world by announcing his operation is to be wound down. The Ryanair boss and his brother Eddie will phase out Gigginstown House Stud over the next five years. Rule The World, trained by Morris, started a run of three Grand National wins in four years for the owner when he landed the big Aintree race in Gigginstown were crowned champion owners in Ireland for the seventh time when the season ended at Punchestown earlier this month.
For nearly half of his life, Axsom has been driving in quarter midget races. In the meantime, bigger cars. Done with quarter midgets after a couple more winter indoor races, Emerson plans to start racing in the Mel Kenyon Midget Series and also competing in Micro Sprint s. Axsom claimed national championships in both Light and World Formula Modified while finishing third in the standings in both of the other classes. To qualify for a championship, a driver has to finish eight races in a season six regional and two national.
Talking Horses: O'Leary exit is biggest blow for jump racing in decades
Too powerful, too all-pervasive, a threat to the spectacle and the competitiveness of the game. Few who follows the sport closely, in Ireland above all, will not have seen several races over the last couple of years which looked a little … odd. When four or five horses in the same colours are the only ones still competitive from the home turn, it is tempting to wonder when racing turned into a team event. He pays the bills for about a third of the horses trained by Gordon Elliott, Noel Meade and Henry de Bromhead, and a larger percentage of the winners saddled by all three. And while the money taps will be turned off slowly, the decision to start the process by adding no new recruits to the roster can be expected to have an immediate effect on the prices being paid for Irish point-to-pointers and young Graded winners in France.
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