Like Dickens’ shrewd character Fagan in Oliver Twist, the sport horse industry must urgently review its situation in light of the new alignment of Irish politics.

In short, we must think it all out again in terms of seeking new champions of our funding needs. To use a carriage driving analogy – previously we have concentrated efforts on the tandem of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, but now we must include the many newer parties that have entered the picture.