The 2012 Irish Derby will be run on a Saturday for the first time since 1987. The news was confirmed this afternoon by HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh who was speaking at Galway.
Kavanagh said that the Curragh executive had been campaigning for a return to Saturday for a number of years and HRI have now bowed to this request. It is expected to increase the profile of the race as well, as it will not be in direct competition with GAA. This year the race suffered as it was run on the same day as Kildare played Dublin in the Leinster championship.
There will be an increase in the number of fixtures in 2012 as well, with 13 additional meetings scheduled for Dundalk. The bulk of these meetings will be run on the Friday evenings and will be followed by greyhound racing.
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