In the parade ring at the festival last year. Photograph: Joe Giddens

To the uninitiated tuning in to see what all this Cheltenham panic is about, Michael O’Leary will be among the festival’s most recognisable faces, a g(...)

Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The scale of Willie Mullins’s overarching influence at Cheltenham next week can be gauged in any number of statistical permutations, but few have put (...)

Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan: “Events in the past year have highlighted the importance of providing a facility for anyone who has information they wish to report in a confidential manner.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Turf Club is prepared to pay reward money “up to five figures” for information supplied on a hotline established to combat activity which affect(...)

Barry Connell: looking forward to Cheltenham this year following last year’s disappointments. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leopardstown’s €20,000 Ballsbridge Hurdle is small fry compared to Cheltenham’s upcoming delights but it could provide a timely boost today to both G(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD: He  wants the semi-state HRI to control revenue streams and dole out a budget to the Turf Club. Dara Mac Donaill

Racing politics in Ireland can be Afghan tribal, with a long history of swaggering interlopers finding out the hard way the land of tweed is where ref(...)

Lidari, trained by Peter Moody - who also trained Black Caviar - tested positive following a second place finish in the Turnbull Stakes last October. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Australian thoroughbred racing has been rocked by a string of positive tests involving horses from stables of some of the country’s leading trainers.R(...)

Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan: ‘We very much welcome the allocation of funds for laboratory improvements. This matter has been of concern to us for some time.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The Turf Club has welcomed the decision of the Horse Racing Ireland board to make funding available for the purchase of laboratory equipment to enhan(...)

 Phillip Fenton was found guilty on eight charges of possessing banned animal medicines, including anabolic steroids, but had subsequently lodged an appeal to the Turf Club against the severity of the lengthy suspension. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Trainer Phillip Fenton has withdrawn his appeal to have his three year disqualification from racing reduced, less than a week before his scheduled hea(...)

Paul Townend: has an enviable collection of rides, including Twinlight, at Cork. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tony McCoy won’t have to tackle his old friend and rival Ruby Walsh at Cork’s triple-Graded race card on Sunday but Paul Townend still looks like bei(...)

Danny Mullins has been suspended for three days by the Turf Club. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The issue of drugs within racing has taken a new twist with the sport’s two ruling bodies, Horse Racing Ireland and the Turf Club, unable to agree on (...)