Talks about drawing up protocols for new out of competition testing have yet to take place between the ITBA and the Turf Club. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Talks are due to take place between the Turf Club and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association to start implementing protocols for out of competit(...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Inpho

A lifetime ban for any horse who has been illicitly administered prohibited substances and increased frequency of out of competition testing are two o(...)

Ivanovich Gorbatov  faces danger from three top-class fillies in Saturday’s Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The gambled-on Triumph Hurdle favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov could have to overcome ‘Girl Power’ if he is to successfully advertise his Cheltenham fest(...)

Trainer Phillip Fenton:  was disqualified by the Turf Club for three years in 2014 over possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The long-awaited report from racing’s Anti-Doping Task Force, set up in the aftermath of the steroids controversy that saw trainer Philip Fenton disq(...)

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(...)