In effect, there is no correlation between encouraging people to bet on Irish racing and the revenue Irish racing gets. It is a stark contrast with other major racing jurisdictions where racing is financed through a Tote monopoly. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

At the root of Irish racing’s integrity problem is how punters are irrelevant. By punters I mean those of us on the outside, the betting shop cannon f(...)

Ms Jacqueline O’Brien, pictured  with her husband Dr Vincent O’Brien and President  Mary Robinson. Photograph: Alan Betso/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to Jacqueline O’Brien, widow of the legendary trainer, Vincent O’Brien, who died in Dublin on Tuesday, aged 89. Brian Kavanag(...)

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(...)

Empty seats . . . but the Oireachtas has been busy, passing 253 Acts during this Government’s five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 3(...)

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(...)

Ruby Walsh may have to choose between Vautour and Djakadam in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Those making Willie Mullins an odds-on favourite to be champion trainer in Britain this season are pinning their confidence on him dominating Chelten(...)

National Hunt ownership is failing to keep up with gains made in flat racing, despite increased prize money and minimum race values, an issue Horse Racing Ireland will be making a priority of addressing throughout 2016. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Irish racing’s focus through 2016 will be on revitalising ownership levels in the National Hunt sector, after 2015 industry statistics appeared to rev(...)

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning on Un De Sceaux at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ruby Walsh has been a statistical focus this week in terms of career winners and will hope a 10th Grade One winner of the season will come his way ab(...)

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Burke with his National Hunt award. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rising star Jonathan Burke broke his Grade One duck on Sizing John at last year’s Christmas festival in Leopardstown and the partnership will be back(...)

 Willie Mullins: “I’m delighted these races are on. The sort of horses running in them have only a certain number of races they can contest so it’s important they’re run.” Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The current bad weather has necessitated a programme re-jig and the outcome is a Navan Monday card with an 11.30 morning start featuring the Grade 2 (...)