Leo Powell: ‘We have to make Ireland a centre of racing excellence’

Steeped in Irish horseracing since childhood, Powell has been managing editor of the Irish Field since 2004. As the equine world gears up for Cheltenham this week, he discusses the state of Irish racing

11th March, 2018
Leo Powell at Leopardstown Racecourse: ‘I’m not a punter myself. I rarely have a bet: it’s not for me’ Pic: Bryan Meade

Leo Powell’s car remained parked outside his house for six days as the Beast from the East and Storm Emma engulfed the country in a wintry blanket a week ago. Going nowhere, and with deep snow drifts in Clane in Co Kildare, where he lives, cabin fever set in fairly quickly.

“On the plus side, I got stuck into the house and threw out eight large bags. It felt like a good time...

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