Landofhopeandglory: faces the task of conceding  a stone to Dinaria Des Obeaux  in the Winning Fair Hurdle at Fairyhouse.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

McManus favourite to beat O’Leary to first leading owner award at Cheltenham Festival

Denis Egan: the Turf Club CEO described a midweek meeting with the Irish Horse Breeders Association as  “productive”.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former French champion jockey Thierry Jarnet retires

Apple’s Jade  on the way to winning    at Punchestown last year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Eve-of-Cheltenham clash enlivens otherwise unremarkable midweek meeting

Pat Smullen on Harzand winningThe Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in 2016. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

HRI chief Brian Kavanagh confident agreement on drug testing can be agreed

Racing officials believe a problem with recreational drugs is mainly confined to younger jockeys. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Disqualified owner Joey Logan will have appeal heard on Tuesday

The Curragh’s ‘Champions Weekend’ attracted an attendance of 9,255 in  2016.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Redevelopment work means Curragh must impose 6,000 attendance cap in 2017/2018

The Nascar Sprint Cup Series at Daytona last July. Photograph: Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Stock car racing has big advantage over F1 – it prioritises entertainment over technology

Sutton Place ridden by Barry Geraghty (centre) goes on to win The Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle  at Navan Racecourse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael O’Leary wants ‘consistency’ from BHA over Grand National handicapping

Pat Smullen and Harzand on their way to Derby victory in 2016. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Crowd capacity will also be in place for Curragh leg of Champions Weekend

Bryan Cooper and Petit Mouchoir clear the last fence to win the Ryanair Hurdle at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Cooper hoping Identity Thief will earn a Cheltenham place in Sunday’s Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association says 90% of Ireland’s foal population belongs to its members, and insists there is no evidence of steroid use within the Irish bloodstock industry. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

ITBA protocol talks with Turf Club also likely to include issue of ‘therapeutic use exemption’

Outlander (nearest camera) clears the last on the way to winning the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas. Don Poli (jockey with white helmet) is also pictured. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ryanair boss cites ‘horse welfare’ among reasons for withdrawing Don Poli, Outlander and Empire of Dirt

Yorkhill ridden by Ruby Walsh winning the Neptune Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Graham Wylie-owned star expected to race over fences at the Cheltenham Festival

Andrew Lynch: “I’d like to be riding and it is frustrating but at least I have something to aim for now.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Top jockey eager to be back in the saddle after suffering a broken arm in August

Outlander (left), with Jack Kennedy up, on their way to winning The Lexus Steeplechase during the  Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph:  Cody Glenn/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Irish trainer leads the way with 14 runners for famous steeplechase

Sunday’s Grade 1 winner Disko is likely to take his place in the JLT at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Irish are expected to score between 10 and 12 winners at the 2017 hunt festival

Jockey Mark Walsh on board Jezki at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jessica Harrington confirms Sizing John will take his chance in next month’s Gold Cup

Jessica Harrington has confirmed Sizing John will run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his Irish Gold Cup victory at Leopardstown. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Available at 12-1 for next month’s race after impressive Leopardstown victory

Australian rider Michelle Payne memorably described racing as “chauvinistic” after her 2015 Melbourne Cup victory. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

France Galop move is discriminatory but it can help women achieve dream of pro career

Foxrock ridden by Katie Walsh comes home to win the Leopardstown Inn Hunters Chase. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Enda Bolger-trained horse is as low as 2-1 to win Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham again

Sizing John and Robbie Power clear the last on the way to winning the  Stan James Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mixed day at Leopardstown for Willie Mullins who wins fifth Deloitte with Bacardys

“Free movement is always a big plus and right now people just don’t know yet what the implications of Brexit will be,” said HRI’s Brian Kavanagh. Photograph:  Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Robbie Power to make comeback at Naas ahead of Grade One rides on Sunday

Mark Walsh guiding  Carlingford Lough to victory in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Star hunter chaser On The Fringe returns to action at Leopardstown on Sunday

Carlingford Lough and Mark Walsh wining the 2016 Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. The JP McManus-owned star is bidding to become just the third horse ever to win the race for a third year in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Both McManus and O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team have three entries each

Ruby Walsh on Bellshill. The Mullins-trained horse is one of eight left in the Flogas Novice Chase on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Bhutan in line to make anticipated debut over jumps alongside Landofhopeandglory and Housesofparliament

Gigginstown number one Bryan Cooper: “I’ve missed a lot of big winners and it’s frustrating, but I’m used to it by now.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Barry Geraghty faces tough Gold Cup call between Carlingford Lough and Minella Rocco

Faugheen ‘The Machine’ has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

2015 Champion Hurdle winner will miss next month’s festival with a stress fracture

Horse trainer Pat Hughes  was convicted in the Carlow District Court for possessing the anabolic steroid stanozol. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Irish racing may be steroid-free, but simply declaring it so isn’t enough anymore

Turf Club  chief executive Denis Egan  said there are no plans to follow France’s lead in introducing 2kg allowances for  female jockeys. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Irish Jockeys Association says to replicate French move could be discriminatory

Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh jumps the last to win The Boylesports Tied Cottage Steeplechase at Punchestown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Willie Mullins’s star remains a 1/3 favourite for Cheltenham’s Champion Chase

Ruby Walsh guides  Douvan to steeplechase success at Leopardstown in December. Douvan is as short as 1-3 to lift steeplechasing’s two-mile crown next month. Photograph: Inpho

Thoroughbred primed for lucrative pre-Cheltenham festival workout in Tied Cottage Chase

TD Clare Daly said the recent minimum wage agreement between the ISSA and the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association was a “sham”. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘No print marks on anyone’s back’ in horse racing industry, says ISSA chairman

HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh: “Racing is the shop window but breeding, and the exporting of horses, is a very strong metric for us.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INpho

Breeders’ association indicates flexibility over five-day notice for visits to stud farms

Rich Ricci: “Touchwood he stays healthy, we’ve not had the best of luck this season. But he’s our stalwart. He’s flying the flag.” Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

QIPCO extends Irish Champion Stakes sponsorship by three years

Douvan: Willie Mullins confirmed his unbeaten charge will line up in the Grade Two Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bookmakers now make Gordon Elliott favourite to claim champion trainer title

The Anti-Doping Task Force report was published a year ago on the back of a number of steroids controversies within racing.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Notice issue continues to be sticking point with Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Ruby Walsh and  Melon clear the last to win The Donohue Marquees Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday.  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins’s Let’s Dance has range of festival options after Grade Two success

 Royal Caviar and Ruby Walsh fall at the last  when leading during  an eventful Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Victory completes a De Bromhead Grade One double after surprise victory for Some Plan

Ruby Walsh with Faugheen. The 2015 Champion Hurdler remains the benchmark. Even short of his peak this exceptional performer can continue to be so. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Willie Mullins sends Un De Sceaux and Vroum Vroum Mag into action in Britain

Faugheen followed  Hurricane Fly’s five-in-a-row with victory last year to extend Willie Mullins domination of BHP Irish Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Return of one of Willie Mulins's star horses makes for intriguing Irish Champion Hurdle

Churchill: The colt is as low as 6-4 for 2,000 Guineas glory at Newmarket in May and has been rated on 122 by the European Classifications.  Photograph:  PA Wire.

Nine times in the last 18 years an Aidan O’Brien horse has topped juvenile listings

 David Mullins with his uncle, trainer Willie Mullins. The Grand National-winning jockey will attempt to foil his uncle’s plans to win the BHP  Irish Champion Hurdle in Leopardstown  for a seventh year in a row on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The jockey will team with Petit Mouchoir and go up against Willie Mullins-trained champion

 Be My Royal and David Casey on their way to the post for the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2002. Photograph: Healy  Racing

The new five-year deal is to sponsor 13 races over two days and begins in December

A Toi Phil  with Jack Kennedy aboard after winning the Leopardstown Handicap Chase  on Sunday.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Yorkhill hardens as JLT favourite despite making hard work of Grade Three novice chase

Sean Flanagan celebrates his win on Ice Cold Soul in the Hurdle at Leopardstown.  Photograph: Patrick McCann

Melbourne Cup runner-up Heartbreak City fails to fire on his return over hurdles

Ruby Walsh notched up a 100 winner at Thurles during the week. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion Hurdle hero Jezki and Carlingford Lough will be focus of attention at Navan

 Kerrin McEvoy riding Almandin wins the Melbourne Cup ahead of Joao Moreira on Heartbreak City at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Photo:  Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Tony Martin’s Melbourne Cup runner-up a ‘good thing’ once he handles eight hurdles

Heartbreak City: came up agonisingly short in the world’s richest handicap the Melbourne Cup at Flemington  in November. Photograph: Brett Holburt/Getty Images)

JP McManus-owned Grade One stars Jezki and Carlingford Lough bound for Navan

Michael Grassick with trainer  John Oxx: “A lot of lads ease up on a horse so they can actually finish, particularly on deep ground,” said Grassick. Photograph Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainers’ CEO Michael Grassick worried ‘best possible position’ regulation is ‘vague’”

Trainer Tom Mullins. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

That’s A Wrap going for four-in-row, while Un De Sceaux odds-on to defend Ascot Crown

The Turf Club Referrals Committee finally released its verdict on the circumstances of Like A Diamond’s controversial withdrawal from a race at Ballinrobe in July of 2013. Photo: Inpho

The trainer and two others were behind the backing of horse from 50-1 in to 9-4 in 2013

Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan, said there could be an increase in t inquiries after the new running and riding rules come into force. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

First meeting under new running and riding rules will take place at Dundalk on Friday

Willie Mullins has won the Irish Champion Hurdle for the last six years with Faugheen. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer says horse definitely on course for Cheltenham, for which it remains favourite

Jack Kennedy on Ball D’Arc en route to winning the Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase  at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Elliot-trained Ball D’Arc lands Fairyhouse feature and will be aimed at Grand Annul

Gigginstown Stud’s principal Cheltenham Gold Cup hope now looks to be the Lexus winner Outlander.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Willie Mullins aiming to land Saturday feature at Punchestown with Crack Mome

Payout: betting levy rates should be higher, says Horse Racing Ireland. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

HRI to push for higher taxes as gap closes between what exchequer pays and receives

Former champion jockey Barry Geraghty successfully appealed against a 30-day ban last April. Photograph: PA.

Irish Jockeys Association wants ‘non-trier’ cases automatically referred to HQ

Trainer Tony Martin and jockey Barry Geraghty successfully appealed against a 30 day ban for a ride on Noble Emperor at Limerick. Photo: Inpho

A significant overhaul of running and riding rules means jockeys must be “seen” to try

Jezki ridden by Barry Geraghty on the way to winning  The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jessica Harrington believes she has pinpointed perfect opportunity for top hurdler

Willie Mullins:   won the last four renewals of the two-mile heat including with  Vautour and Douvan who went on to land Cheltenham’s Supreme Novices Hurdle. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Willie Mullins has five runners in Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle including Cilaos Emery

On The Fringe, with Nina Carberry on board, jump the last on the way to winning the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Star chaser who was called ‘people’s horse’ by Nina Carberry in pursuit of ‘triple hat-trick’

Coneygree: the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is set to miss this year’s renewal, according to Sara Bradstock, wife of trainer, Mark Bradstock. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Thistlecrack a firmer Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite after Coneygree’s defection

Tony Martin: “A solution has been agreed.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Outcome of dispute a blow to appeals body, with Turf Club in line to pay legal bills

Jack Kennedy on Death Duty wins the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle as Ruby Walsh on Augusta Kate comes to grief. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Death Duty’s victory in Naas novice hurdle narrows gap with Ireland’s top trainer

Trainer Willie Mullins saddled a remarkable 22 winners over Christmas. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Inpho

Mullins hope Aldechi Inois faces two Elliott runners in the Listed Chase at Tramore

Ruby Walsh, on Vroum Vroum Mag, celebrates winning the fourth race of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Champion jockey will be on board Childrens List, Sure Reef and newcomer Brontide

 Trainer Gordon Elliott expects a competitive race. Photograph: Barry Cronin/PA Wire.

Baltazar d’Allier tests Grade One waters in Betfred Challow Novices Hurdle

Petit Mouchoir ridden by Bryan Cooper jumps the last to win The Ryanair Hurdle during day four of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bryan Cooper steered Petit Mouchoir home ahead of odds-on favourite Nichols Canyon

Robbie Power on board Our Duke after winning The Neville Hotels Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins’ tally reached 21 when first Battleford and then Let’s Dance came home

Nichols Canyon and Ruby Walsh en route to victory in the Ryanair Hurdle at  Leopardstown last December. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Locally based owner Barry Connell bids for success in novice chase with Martello Tower

Patrick Mullins:  teams up with Livelovelaugh in Limerick’s feature but is on Castlegrace Paddy  in the bumper.   Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Patrick Mullins fancied to notch bumper victory for Pat Fahy on Castlegrace Paddy

Trainer of Jer’s Girl Gavin Cromwell. Photograph: Inpho

Jer’s Girl tries to reverse Morgiana form with Nichols Canyon at Leopardstown festival

Ruby Walsh and Vroom Vroom Mag lead the field home to win the Grade One Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mullins saddles Leopardstown four-timer to bring holiday haul to 17 winners

 Jack Kennedy, left, leads the field over the last on the way to winning the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Teenager Jack Kennedy claims first Grade One win as Djakadam finishes third

Djakadam has been runner-up in the last two Cheltenham Gold Cups: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Vroum Vroum Mag can bring Willie Mullins more festive cheer in Christmas Hurdle

Davy Russell riding Zabana  to victory in the thee Growise Champion Novice Steeplechase at  the Punchestown festival. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Victory in the Grade One contest could see Andy Lynch targeting a Gold Cup bid

Noble Endeavor ridden by Davy Russell wins the Paddy Power Steeplechase during day two of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse.  Photograph: PA Wire

Major gamble pays dividends in the most valuable race of the holiday period

 Paul Townend will ride all four Mullins runners at Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Daryl Jacob travels from Britain to pilot the Gordon Elliott runner Missy Tata

Douvan with groom Rachel Robbins and trainer Willie Mullins  after the  Paddy Power Cashcard Chase victory at Leopardstown. Photograph:  PA Wire.

Champion trainer records a total of six winners in Ireland for second successive day

Trainer Liz Doyle (left): “Soft ground, near bottom weight: it’s not rocket science!” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fair chance for A Decent Excuse; Duke Cass likely to score in day-two festival finale

Tom Taaffe celebrates Cane Brake’s 2006 victory at  the Paddy Power Steeplechase. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

Win for Rogue Trader or People’s Park could cement Gold Cup victor’s return to form

 Willy Mullins-trained Douvan hotly tipped to make it an unbeaten “Diamond Dozen” in the €100,000 Cashcard Chase. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Douvan should enjoy lucrative lap of honour on day two of Leopardstown festival

Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins make a happy pair after victory in the Racing Post Novice Chase during day one of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photograph: PA Wire.

Thistlecrack odds on for Cheltenham Gold Cup after King George rout at Kempton

Min and jockey Ruby Walsh go on to win the Racing Post Novice Chase during day one of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh enjoy 12-1 St Stephen’s Day treble at Leopardstown

Michael O’Leary’s Identity Thief wins the Ryan Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown last month. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

JP McManus holds major prospects in first three races of Leopardstown festival

Paul Townend takes over  the ride on favourite Bellshill in the featured Grade 2 Shannon Airport Novice Chase at Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Bellshill is hoping to enhance Cheltenham prospects in Shannon Airport Novice Chase

Trainer Karl Thornton and jockey Donagh Meyler. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Dublin trainer has Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in Colms Dream’s sights

Jockey Katie Walsh will be looking for a holiday winner. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Katie Walsh can score St Stephen’s Day success on Blairs Cove

  Pat Smullen on  Harzand wins The Derby for “the greatest trainer in the world.” Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Sports review of 2016: Legendary trainer saddled 4,000th career winner just weeks later but Derby was more than a bit special for (...)

Leopardstown are expecting 55,000 to attend the Christmas festival racing. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Wet weather conditons not likely to interfere with the four-day festival period

 Douvan is the  overwhelming favourite for the Grade One Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown on Tuesday December 27th. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Season’s leading trainer could have a contender in all 63 races run in Ireland during the festive period

 Trainer Colin Tizzard poses with Thistlecrack  and Cue Card  at Spurles Farm  in Sherborne, England. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Road To Riches and Roi Des Francs the only Irish-trained challengers for big prize

 Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan: “I would be optimistic we will find a solution and come to an arrangement on testing which is acceptable to everyone.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

25 per cent increase in blood and urine testing planned for second half of the year

Paul Gilligan. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Co Galway trainer ruled out of all racing activities for six months

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell won the Crabbie’s Grand National  at Aintree in 2015. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

Oliver Sherwood’s Grand National winner set to take on Irish stars on their home patch

Eddie O’Leary thinking about Outlander  and maybe Road To Riches for the King George. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Death Duty favourite for Albert Bartlett after impressive Navan victory

 Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryn Cooper after winning The Tara Handicap Hurdle with Automated. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Samcro follows in footsteps of Don Cossack by winning Listed Bumper at Navan

 David Mullins celebrates his Crabbie’s Grand National victory on on Rule The World at Aintree.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

Triple Grade One novice hurdler Yorkhill gets chasing career under way at Fairyhouse

Politologue ridden by Sam Triston-Davies won  the Mitie Noel Novices’ Steeplechase at Ascot. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Asthuria should be difficult to beat in Sunday’s Listed feature at Thurles

Mouse Morris who picked up the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2016 Horse Racing Ireland Awards. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

New €10,000 minimum race value will be a boost for the large majority of owners

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