Ian Guider: Sacrificing Irish racing might be the price worth paying to halt problem gambling

The sport claims that new legislation aimed at curbing betting advertising could put its future in doubt

The level of cash swirling around racing stands in contrast to the dire commentary the industry is making about its future

The curtain will fall on the Irish flat racing season in the coming days, with Aidan O’Brien set to top the list as the trainer hauling in the most prize money for the 24th consecutive year, bringing in almost €6.7 million for his owners.

Second on the trainers’ list is his son Joseph with €3 million. Plenty of money is certainly being created by Irish horse racing. These prizes will be dwarfed by the stud ...