Upping the Ante: Racing will miss O’Leary’s wit, his genius and his money

The Ryanair chief is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he is never dull, and you can always rely on his horses to give their all

What a couple of weeks Irish racing has endured. The retirement of Ruby Walsh was surprising if not shocking; the news that Michael O’Leary is exiting the game was shocking if not surprising. Pat Smullen’s decision to call time on health grounds was relegated to a relatively minor story in between. It has been that sort of May.

The timing of O’Leary’s planned departure – five years from now in 2024 – is ...