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May 14, 2019
One of the biggest operations in British and Irish horse racing will be phased out over the next five years. Michael O’Leary owns a huge team of horses in Gigginstown House Stud in Ireland that includes two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll. O’Leary says he has “less and less time for National Hunt racing” because he is spending more time with his children.

LONDON (AP) — One of the biggest operations in British and Irish horse racing will be phased out over the next five years.

Michael O’Leary, who owns the team of horses in Gigginstown House Stud in Ireland that includes two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll, says he has “less and less time for National Hunt racing” because he is spending more time with his children.

O’Leary says he will be “running down our string over an extended four or five-year period” to give the operation’s trainers “ample time to replace our horses without disruption.”

The Gigginstown team, which first owned flat-racing horses before becoming involved in jumps racing, had 922 runners in the most recent Irish campaign.

Cheltenham Gold Cup winners War Of Attrition and Don Cossack are also O’Leary’s horses.

O’Leary is the chief executive of budget airline Ryanair.

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