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Hello I am French and would like to know if , in Ireland , there is only one betting agency as in France (PMU) or there are several bookmakers like in England. In France , thanks to PMU who deals 6% of the turnover to the racing institution , prize money will be increased of 5% in 2007.
Bookmakers are not very generous with the racing institution.They give only 1.6% of their turnover.England are very lucky to have passionate and rich owners.English people are crazy of betting , too.If bookmakers came in France , it would be a real disaster. The bookmakers killed racing in Belgium and Germany for example.In harness racing in Germany , many trainers are obliged to race their horses abroad in Sweden or in Italy.
Cheers from France<br>