Bookmakers will have to pay a 1 per cent tax on all on-line bets placed in the Republic from August 1st under new legislation brought into force on Wednesday.

Bookmakers will have to pay a 1 per cent tax on all on-line bets placed in the Republic from August 1st under new legislation brought into force on We(...)

Paul Carberry winning at Naas on Wounded Warrior. Noel Meade’s six-year-old could make his first appearance over fences in a handicap at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wounded Warrior has been left with top-weight after 45 horses were left in the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday followi(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins leads his famous team from the gallops at  Closutton, Carlow, Ireland. Photo:  Niall Carson/PA

When the text arrived from Angie, Vinny Fitzpatrick’s the first instinct was to ignore it.It could only be more grim tidings, he reckoned, as his est(...)

Glen Walsh (27) stole almost €500,000 from AIB in Crumlin Cross over a period of six months by handing out cash to his co-accused, David Vickery (27) who then used the money to place bets. File Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A kidnapping victim whose theft from his employer came to light when the bank shut down because of the robbery has been given a suspended sentence at (...)

Jockey Brian Hughes celebrates onboard Katie T after winning the BoyleSports Hurdle. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Spirits were high at Leopardstown yesterday, not least after the BoyleSports Handicap Chase which was won by 6-1 chance Foxrock, almost making up for (...)

  Brian Hughes on board Katie T clears the last hurdle en route to winning the Boylesports Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Brian Hughes isn’t the most high-profile graduate of Kevin Prendergast’s jockey academy but the veteran Curragh trainer’s decision to turn to his f(...)

Ruby Walsh guiding Vautour to victory in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at  Cheltenham last March. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Liz Doyle sprang a 50-1 Boylesports Hurdle shock with Penny’s Bill back in 2009 and while the Co Wexford trainer’s new hope, Pairofbrowneyes, won’t be(...)

Dermot Weld will rely on star young jockey Johnny Burke for Tandem’s bid for success in Sunday’s €100,000 Boylesports Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dermot Weld plans to pitch Tandem into Sunday’s €100,000 Boylesports Hurdle and will turn to star young jockey Johnny Burke for the job of guiding hi(...)

Davy Russell onboard Mallowney on their way to winning the Three.ie Handicap Steeplechase at Punchestown last May. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The phrase “who’d be a handicapper” leapt to mind almost as quickly as Mallowney and Davy Russell leaped the Fairyhouse fences after a supposedly ult(...)

Gilgamboa with jockey Mark Walsh clears the last hurdle ahead of Flaxen Flare and jockey David O’Leary to win the Boylesports.com Hurdle at Leopardstown last January. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Gilgamboa could put his Cheltenham festival credentials to a Grade One test in Leopardstown at the end of the month.Unbeaten in two starts over fence(...)