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'Whenever I see a bit of white railing, I get a buzz': The man who makes it all happen at Leopardstown

In the first episode of our Humans of Horse Racing series, we meet the course’s operations manager David Attwood.


HORSE RACING IS one of Ireland’s best-loved sports, and we produce some of the finest horses in the world. 

But who are the countless people who dedicate their lives to the industry? 

The42 have teamed up with Betway to bring a brand new series — Humans of Horse Racing — in which we tell the stories of those working behind the scenes to ensure that racing continues to thrive in this country. 

A general view of the stand at Leopardstown Racecourse A packed stand at Leopardstown. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Ahead of the 2019 Dublin Racing Festival, which takes place at Leopardstown this weekend, we shadowed the course’s operations manager David Attwood to find out what his role involves and why he is so passionate about his “dream job”. 

You’re very much part of a great community and they look after one another, so it’s very special to be involved in,” the Somerset native says. 

“I like to see when the stands are packed and you hear the roar go up when the horses are going around. For me, that’s the ultimate thrill of it.”

Betway are proud sponsors of The42′s horse racing coverage. For more, visit Betway’s Insider blog

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