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Chipping Norton based fencing company Duralock wins major contract with Horse Racing Ireland

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3 November 2021

Duralock – the Chipping Norton-based company which sells high-performance PVCu fencing across the world, has been awarded a contract for the provision of Racecourse Equipment to Horse Racing Ireland.

Duralock’s offer includes all fencing components from hurdles, hurdle parts, padding for hurdles and jumps, plus a range of running rail, jump wings and other forms of fencing.

It is a joint venture between Duralock and Holden Plant Rentals (HPR), who will act as the conduit between Ireland’s premier racecourses and Duralock. Working alongside longstanding sales agent, Richard Brennan, HPR will also manage the installation of Duralock fencing.

David Attwood, Head of Racing and Equestrian at Duralock, said: "Duralock is currently working on a number of systems specifically designed to cater for the nuances of the Irish market, looking at the specific height and style requirements of the running rails used at Irish tracks. We’re very proudto be chosen for such a prestigious contract."

The contract initially covers Horse Racing Ireland’s four racecourses: Leopardstown, Fairyhouse, Navan and Tipperary. In the last few years, Duralock has been involved in the redevelopment of Leopardstown, providing PVCu fencing for the new pre-parade ring and the new winner’s enclosure. In early 2021, Duralock also supplied the crowd barrier railing which runs along the front of the grandstand at The Curragh.

Jonathon McGovern, Duralock CEO, added: “It’s fantastic to have been awarded the contract for some of the most prestigious racecourses not only in Ireland but the world.

"We have been fortunate enough to work with some of the tracks before but now we have the opportunity to really help them develop their facilities further with a range of top-quality fencing systems. The partnership with Holden Plant Rentals gives Duralock an excellent foothold in Ireland."

Paul Holden, Managing Director, Holden Plant Rentals, said: "We want to support the Irish horseracing industry with the best possible products.

“In Duralock, we have a partner with an unrivalled pedigree in the horseracing industry and a world-renowned reputation for delivering high-performance products. We look forward to our work together.”

Duralock Group has also opened offices in Germany, France and North America.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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