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Top jockey hints a Killarney return

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FRANKIE RETURNS: Pictured at the Killarney Races is Gerard Coughlan with Italian horse racing jockey Frankie Dettori. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori hopes to return to race in Killarney next year following the welcome he received in the town last week.

Although he narrowly missed out on riding a winner in his four action-packed races, the charismatic Italian was thrilled with the massive reception he received with the bumper attendance affording the three-time champion jockey the type of greeting normally reserved for All-Ireland winning Kerry teams.

“When I was asked to come here it was a good opportunity to see this beautiful part of the country and to have a good time,” Dettori said.

He was particularly impressed by what he described as the “beautiful setting” of the Ross Road course and said the track was challenging, rides really well and was in tip-top shape.

“This was the most successful July Racing Festival ever staged at the venue with an enormous crowd and worldwide coverage showing Killarney at its very best,” Killarney Race Company Chairman, Gerard Coughlan, said. “Dettori has hinted a return for a few days next year as he was absolutely blown away with the welcome, the town and the scenery.”

 

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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