Lunch at the Races

The 7th edition of “Lunch at the Races” organised annually by the FBCCI, ABIE and NETWORKIRLANDE, held in the superb setting of the Hippodrome d’Auteuil, was a great success.

In his welcome address, Terry McGivern, Vice-President of NetworkIrlande, after thanks for their presence to Thierry Drilhon Vice-President FBCC, Judge Bowman President of the Court of Appeal of Racing and Discipline Council of Victoria (Australia), Sinead Lonergan Director of Enterprise Ireland France, Niall Brady and Jerome Mounsey  from the Embassy of Ireland and Rowan Ainsworth Counsellor at the Australian Embassy, ​​highlighted the common passion of the Australians, British and the Irish for sport, for  racing and for France.

“Each of our nations has its Great Races: here in France in September is the famous Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and in September 2016, we saw a first for Ireland which won the first three places in that emblematic race! In Ireland, there is the Curragh Derby, in England the Grand National, and in Australia the famous Melbourne Cup. “

Guy de Fontaines, Owner Development Manager at France Galop then gave guests an interesting insight into the world of racing and related business.  France Galop manages and controls the thoroughbred horse racing industry in France. It manages and operates six racecourses that are among some of the most renowned in the world: Longchamp, Auteuil, Chantilly, Saint-Cloud, Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville, as well as three training centres reserved exclusively for thoroughbred racehorses: Chantilly, Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville. Guy explained the important role it plays in promoting the improvement of the racehorse breed, before inviting guests to take their seats for lunch and watch the races.

An agreeable lunch followed in the private Katko salon overlooking the winning post. Experts from the PMU were at hand to explain to guests how betting works in France and there was much excitement as people placed their bets and rushed to see the race.

A private guided visit of the paddock and grounds concluded this day of business and fun, which was an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships, make new contacts and forge new friendships.