Hello to one and all. Welcome to my belated entry to the world of social media and blogging. I have been a “guerrilla” participant on a host of racing and bloodstock blogs for many years – including as a guest writer on the Geegeez.co.uk website – and it’s now high time that I started something regular and consistent to share my love of all things horse racing and bloodstock with fellow aficionados of the turf.

My blog will reflect my occasional somewhat “left field” view on a host of matters with a racing and bloodstock theme and I will also include topics I consider relevant to business, taxation and politics if I believe I have something enlightening or interesting to say.

I have spent 30+ years working as a Chartered Accountant in the bloodstock industry including extended spells in both Ballydoyle and Coolmore. I have rubbed shoulders with some iconic captains of this industry, helped to run a racecourse and raise racing sponsorship, managed a private aviation company, formed successful racing syndicates and clubs, participated in some of the most innovative projects undertaken in the sport over the last three decades.

I was also a member of The Racegoers’ Consultative Forum and had a brief stint on the Irish board of The European Breeders’ Fund as John Magnier’s representative.

For the past 17 years I have assisted my bloodstock clients in my private accounting, tax and advisory practice.

I am also a punter, a keen observer of the Irish racing scene and I hope you will find my posts informative, occasionally forthright and often illuminating.

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Flat Racing Review: Naas (25 March 2018)

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