Horseracing is more than a source of entertainment and money to any Irish, and it is embedded deep inside Irish history. The tradition is age old and has been part of Irish culture since the dawn of time. Known for their stamina and acceleration, Irish horses can make any of their counterpart sweat in any competition. History books suggest horseracing to be a part of Ireland since turn of 100 AD, and many coherent records vouch for it. Much like sports in Rome, where spectators would encompass the whole stadium to watch their favourite sports, Galway and Curragh hold evidence of entertaining horseracing.
It is not only sheer enthusiasm and love for the sports that makes horseracing so popular in Ireland, but geographically the high grasslands of Ireland bode well for wild horses. Settlers did domestication of horses and their nurturing. The Galloping horses riding at full tilt against invaders is the part of any country’s history books, and the Irish took full advantage of their wild horses who boasted of incomparable stamina.
However, the Irish took note of their exemplary horses and knew they weren’t only made for war or domestication purposes. When horseracing garnered recognition throughout the country, the jockeys drew such admiration that poets and authors had penned down their fluid running style in their work. The tale of Irish horses spread through Europe, and soon Europeans from around the World noticed that the Irish thoroughbreds were not only entertaining but had the aura of winning any race in any condition. Soon the money started to flood in and the top jockeys were making their owners cash rich. It was not only about the money, but the pride that the Irish had in their thoroughbreds that made them incentivize the sport.
Irish thoroughbreds are still one of the revered breeds across the World, although the popularity has dampened a bit, but owners and with the help of Government, Ireland is looking to resurrect horseracing. Globally these thoroughbreds can take up tags worth equal to many Irish homes. King Charles II in the 17th century made sure that horseracing became the highest grossing spectator sport, and he managed to do that by sending invitations across Europe and putting on truckloads of money for winners. The 19th century saw a depletion in horseracing popularity and the World never really recovered from it. Ireland still holds the sport as a part of their culture, but the economic recession and other financial measures have kept the popularity in check.