Racing Post executives announced yesterday evening that the magazine was “temporarily suspending” publication after today’s issue.
The sale took a hit when that Corona virus The pandemic led to the end of racing in Britain on March 17. Ireland followed a week later.
And last Friday, the government ordered the temporary closure of betting shops – along with places of public entertainment – to combat the spread of COVID-19.
As the Irish races were canceled by April 19 at the earliest and the sport in Great Britain was canceled until the beginning of May, Swiss Post employees were informed of the news yesterday.
In a letter to the newspaper’s readers, editor Tom Kerr said: “With great sadness, the Racing Post will temporarily suspend publication after Thursday’s edition.
“With races in the UK and Ireland stopped, betting shops closed and all of our governments urged everyone to stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread of the corona virus, we had no choice.”
But Kerr vowed that the newspaper would return – the digital platforms will continue to be released – once the crisis is over its worst.
“At some point in the coming weeks or months when the worst of this disease is over, horse racing will resume,” he added.
“When the race is back, the newspaper will be back too.”
Coronavirus presents Irish racing with its “biggest challenge”, the rulers of the sport warned yesterday.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s announcement on Tuesday that all sporting events – including those held behind closed doors – should be canceled has jeopardized Irish racing’s marquee events.
“We are very aware that the thousands of people in our industry will face great uncertainty in the coming weeks and months,” said Nicky Hartery, Chairman of Horse Racing Ireland.
“This may be our biggest challenge, but if we work together, we will do it.”