O’Leary’s sudden exit will leave a void in Irish racing

The loss of Gigginstown’s millions will cost dozens of jobs and hurt the sport. But the Ryanair chief’s absence will also create a more level playing field

Michael O’Leary saw his horse Tiger Roll (left) win the 2019 Aintree Grand National, but now the good times are over Picture: Sportsfile

You feel like a child at a candy convention when it comes to Michael O’Leary anecdotes. Last Tuesday, the renegade who said that the customer was “nearly always wrong” announced that, when it came to horses, this customer was no more.

At the turn of the century – with O’Leary still a year away from his first winner at the track – Ryanair launched its website. Its chief executive, six years in that ...