Wednesday’s Punchestown card has been postponed due to course conditions following heavy rain. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hopes remain for cards at Thurles and refixed Gowran Park meeting

 Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

PAC hears 2019 liquidation of security transit company a ‘very unfortunate event’ for racing body

Ahead of next month’s Cheltenham festival - Kemboy, Kilcruit, Monkfish and Min at Willie Mullins’ stables in Closutton. Photograph: PA

Festival will be an unfortunate anniversary for some rather than a joyous exhibition

The Joe Schmidt regime with Ireland is looking better and better as time goes on. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pushing aside the old dog for the promise of something fresh can often backfire

Tiger Roll ridden by Keith Donoghue jumps the last in the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan racecourse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gordon Elliott-trained 11-year-old tailed off in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday

 Track work ahead of the 2021 Saudi Cup  at the King Abdulaziz racecourse outside  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Four Irish-trained runners feature on undercard at the King Abdulaziz racecourse outside Riyadh in programme worth $30.5m

Jamie Codd on Envoi Allen celebrates winning the 2019 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

British amateurs have not been able to compete since last month because of Covid-19 restrictions

Trainer Charles Byrnes has been unsuccessful in his appeal against the decision of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s referrals committee to suspend his licence for six months and fine him. File photograph: PA

‘If we get evidence we will certainly follow it up. But at this stage the case is closed’

Charles Byrnes was unsuccessful in his appeal against a six-month ban. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer suspended for six months after horse tesed positive for banned substance in 2018

Owner Michael O’Leary at the Tiger Roll homecoming in Summerhill, Co Meath after the 2019 Grand National win at Aintree. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Back-to-back winner will carry his biggest weight in race if owner decides to run him

Dundalk Racecourse. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board give no time frame for conclusion to investigation

Trainer Colin Bowe: “There comes a point where you go beyond that, and you’re beyond the point of no return.”Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer Colin Bowe says recent removal of exemption for point-to-point threatens to have a massive impact on section of racing

The Punchestown Festival takes place from April 27th to May 1st. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Courses have been named as county centres for Covid-19 jabs

A woman looks at an electric board last Friday showing the number of days until the start of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo. Photograph: Hiro Komae/AP

Tipping Point: Proposed Olympic Games in Japan pose an ethical dilemma for many countries

Al Boum Photo is bidding for a third Gold Cup crown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul Nicholls labels Champion Chase favourite Chacun Pour Soi ‘nearly unbeatable’

Packed grandstands at the Galway  Racing Festival in  Ballybrit. Similar scenes are very unlikely  this year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Brian Kavanagh says slim chance of any change in restrictions until at least autumn

Too often in the past racing has left itself open to claims that its regulatory instincts are light-touch and amount  to little more than a figleaf.  Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

Plans for improved out-of-competition testing and lifetime traceability bring promise of fundamental change

Thurles Racecourse in Co Tipperary on Thursday. Naas is waiting to see if snow will fall before deciding on a Saturday card. File photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Overnight snow could mean track joins Newbury and Warwick, both cancelled on Friday

Leopardstown is the only course in the country with CCTV for integrity purposes. File photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Oversight body signals lifetime traceability and out-of-competition testing for thoroughbreds

Trainer Willie Mullins celebrates winning the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup with Kemboy at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Nine wins from 15 races at the Dublin Racing Festival shows strength of trainer’s team

Trainer Charles Byrnes is appealing a six-month suspension. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Video conference hears almost two hours of evidence in Viking Hoard case

Davy Russell will hold on to the ride on Envoi Allen if he get back in time for Cheltenham. Last year they combined to win the  Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the meeting for trainer Gordon Elliott. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jockey back riding on the gallops after almost four months out with serious neck injury

The Australian Open gets underway on Monday. Photograph: Jack Thomas/Getty

Tennis has not had a good pandemic - there is a lot riding on this month’s tournament

Mark Walsh on Off You Go wins The Gaelic Plant Hire Leopardstown Handicap Steeplechase. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer saddled the JP McManus owned Off You Go to win at the Dublin Racing Festival

Trainer Willie Mullins celebrates winning The Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup with Kemboy. Photograph: Inpho

The champion trainer won nine of the 15 races up for grabs during the weekend

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Irish Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle. Photograph: Inpho

Rachael Blackmore rides star mare to victory on opening day of the Dublin Racing Festival

Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle celebrates winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top jockey to partner Honeysuckle and Minella Indo in feature renewals at festival

Willie Mullins has the hottest favourite over the two days, star two-miler Chacun Pour Soi in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Dublin Chase. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top handler takes 60 mounts to Leopardstown, double that of great rival Gordon Elliott

Damon Runyon at the 1938 Kentucky Derby. Part of the magic of Runyon’s racing stories is the contradiction of how so much exhaustive ducking and diving goes into the making of supposedly easy money. Photo: Getty Images

Wise-cracking gangsters and guys on the make define era from which they emerged

Irish racing’s regulator took another reputational blow at Naas with a false start fiasco that had some bookmakers refunding bets. Photograph: Inpho

The matter was referred to chief executive Denis Egan for further investigation

Honeysuckle, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, wins last year’s Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

De Bromhead and Blackmore have another favourite with Minella Indo in Irish Gold Cup

The Charles Byrnes-trained Viking Hoard was shown to have 100 times the screening limit of a sedative in his system. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Report leaves a lot of questions unanswered and shows need for a major shake-up

Controversy reigned at Naas following a unsatisfactory start to the Celebrating The 2020 ITBA Award Winners Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Inpho

Ruby Walsh said the field shouldn’t have been let go and described it as ‘shambolic’

Willie Mullins says there’s always a danger of horses being got at. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘Once you have banks, you’re going to have bank robbers,’ says the champion trainer

WInston C: trainer Keri Brion  plans to give the Eclipse Award winner  a first run in 16 months in the Grade Three Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas.

Victory for Winston C or Baltimore Bucko would be a first American-trained winner over jumps in Ireland

Racecourse bookmakers haven’t been able to operate since the first Covid-19 lockdown last March. Photograph: Inpho

On-course bookmakers haven’t been operating since first Covid-19 lockdown last March

Top trainer Gordon Elliott labelled the standard of stewards enquiries in Ireland as ‘barbaric’. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Trainer saw Jack Kennedy and Folcano denied in Navan on Friday after an enquiry

Fairyhouse’s Saturday card remains under threat. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

More rain forecast for overnight with the going already heavy at Meath track

Coko Beach and Jack Kennedy jump the last en-route to victory at Gowran Park. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Charles Byrnes appeal against six-month Viking Hoard ban to be heard on Tuesday week

Magical’s Irish Champion Stakes win has been voted the second-best race run in 2020. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Absence of CCTV in some stable-yards highlighted by Charles Byrne-Viking Hoard case

Allaho is set to line out at Thurles on Wednesday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

First jumps action in Ireland for eight days is followed by Gowran Park on Thursday

Trainer Charles Byrnes is appealing against a six month ban after being found to be “seriously negligent” when one of his horses was “nobbled” with a sedative at Tramore in 2018. File photograph: Inpho

Irish Jockeys Association say no regard whatsoever shown for either horse or rider

The current forecast is for temperatures to remain low until midnight and rise gradually thereafter with up to 10mm (approx) of rain overnight into Tuesday evening. File photograph: Inpho

Parts of the Chase track were unfit for racing on Monday afternoon due to frost

Charles Byrnes plans to appeal a six-month suspension of his licence. File photograph: Inpho

It is not a requirement of the licensing committee to have CCTV in stable-yards

White label companies are like brokers who place bets on Betfair for their clients. At the time of Viking Hoard’s race it was possible to place lay bets in such a way.

HRI to engage with Betfair and regulators over anonymous betting through ‘white label’ companies

Saturday’s Navan fixture will have to pass an 8am morning inspection due to the threat of overnight frost. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Saturday’s Navan card subject to an 8am inspection due to threat of overnight frost

 Charles Byrnes has had his training licence withdrawn for six months. File photograph: Inpho

Trainer’s licence withdrawn after runner ‘nobbled’ with a sedative at Tramore in 2018

Keri Brion with Ger Galligan, who will partner French Light at Clonmel today.  Photograph: The Irish Field

Novice hurdler would be a first American-trained winner over jumps in Ireland

Waiting Patiently (pink cap) finishes second to Bryony Frost riding Frodon in The Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse on December 26, 2020 in Sunbury, England. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ruth Jefferson-trained star supplemented for Clarence House as Politologue heads entries

Jack Kennedy wins on Envoi Allen at Punchestown. Photo: Caroline Norris/Inpho

Dual Cheltenham winner made it 11 consecutive wins with ease over two and a half miles

Phil Foden and his Manchester City teammates celebrate his winner against Brighton. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/PA

It is fair to ask whether or not elite sport should continue as the pandemic rages

 Trainer Willie Mullins has revealed that 19 per cent of Grangee’s value has had to be paid in VAT. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mare could become first Irish horse to race in Brexit Britain at Market Rasen on Saturday

Envoi Allen will be looking to stay unbeaten at Punchestown on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Asterion Forlonge looks the main danger to Gordon Elliott’s prodigious seven-year-old

Department of Agriculture clarify that sport is not included in category of professional and elite sports

Trainer Gavin Cromwell runs Gabynako in Wednesday’s Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle at the Co Kildare track. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gavin Cromwell’s Gabynako looks a good value bet in rearranged race

‘Obviously testing and vaccination will have to be completely separate operations,’ says Punchestown manager Conor O’Neill. File photograph: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The Co Kildare racecourse is currently a testing venue for the Covid-19 virus

Colm O’Donoghue winning easily aboard Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes during day four of the Royal Ascot 2018. Photograph: Tom Jenkins

Classic-winning rider was cleared of assault on ex-girlfriend on Monday

Tuesday’s racing at Fairyhouse will go ahead. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tuesday’s meeting passes inspection but McNally’s prolific winner has been withdrawn

Racing at Fairyhouse on Saturday was cancelled. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Two doctors and two ambulances required at each meeting for racing to take place

An industry-wide policy on doping control was unanimously approved by the board of Horse Racing Ireland in 2018 but it is yet to be implemented. Photograph: Inpho

In 2021 we’re still awaiting implementation of an industry-wide policy on doping control

 Cheltenham Festival: hopes are high that the usual large contingent of Irish runners will be present for the annual national hunt highlight at  Prestbury Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

HRI boss remains positive despite escalating Covid-19 crisis and increased travel restrictions

Sunday’s Naas card will be rescheduled  for next Wednesday if the course fails an inspection on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Grade One Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle the highlight of Sunday’s card

Paul Townend celebrates winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup onboard Al Boum Photo with trainer Willie Mullins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Willie Mullins will target a third straight Cheltenham Gold Cup success in March

Henry de Bromhead: his Grady Hollow looks one to note in the bumper at Limerick. Photograph:   Tommy Dickson/Inpho

History nearly made as US-trained Baltimore Bucko finishes third on his Irish debut

Patrick Mullins on Sharjah (left) on the way to completing a Matheson Hurdle hat-trick at Leopardstown on Tuesday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘He’s like Santa – he rocks up here every year and always seems to deliver’

Jockey Barry Geraghty rides Saint Roi as he celebrates after winning the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race during the final day of the Cheltenham Festival this year. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

Leopardstown Day 4: Monkfish’s second start over fences eagerly anticipated

Darragh O’Keeffe on A Plus Tard celebrates winning The Savills Steeplechase at Leopardstown. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Earlier, Flooring Porter held off big hitters to come home in the Christmas Hurdle

Rachel Blackmore onboard Minella Indo comes home to win at Punchestown in 2019. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Henry De Bromhead’s hopeful is already being lined up at 8-1 for blue riband in March

Ronald Pump (right) goes in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown on Monday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matthew Smith-trained horse cost €1,000 and will look to win €100,000 race

LA Lakers players including LeBron James (third from right) kneel during the national anthem. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

From Marcus Rashford to LeBron James, there is a welcome ‘new normal’ in sport

Paul Townend riding Castlebawn West after winning the Paddy Power Steeplechase at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: PA Wire

Pair earlier completed a Grade 1 double thanks to Chacun Pour Soi and Appreciate It

LImerick racecourse where Sunday’s meeting has been abandoned. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

18mm fell overnight during Storm Bella which caused the fixture to be postponed

Locks Corner goes on to win at Bangor-on-Dee in September. Photo: Getty Images

JP McManus is looking for his ninth win in Sunday’s feature at Leopardstown

Michael O’Leary will have 20 runners on Sunday. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Farouk d’Alene could come out on top for the Ryanair boss

Franco de Port ridden by Bryan Cooper during the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: PA

Willie Mullins enjoys Grade 1 double at both Leopardstown and Limerick

Jack Kennedy on Felix Desjy overtakes his brother Paddy Kennedy on Sizing Pottsie to win The Mongey Communications Novice Steeplechase at Punchestown in November. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Elliott’s runner can extend unbeaten record over fences in Racing Post Novice Chase

Paul Townend on Asterion Forlonge clears the last to win The Roche Group At Vista Beginners Steeplechase at Punchestown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If Faugheen Novice Chase comes down to a slog, Pencilfulloflead could have the answer

Trainer Henry de Bromhead with Minella Indo at his stables in Knockeen, Co Waterford. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Waterford trainer has steadily made his way to the very top of the racing game

Over 800 betting shops in the country are among retail outlets that will be allowed open despite  new restrictions announced by Government. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

IBA survey earlier this year found turnover in betting shops down by over 50 per cent

Leopardstown attracted over 57,000 people to its four-day Christmas festival in 2019. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘Once in a generation occurrence’ will be in place until the new year

Rachael Blackmore on Monalee during the 2019 Savills Chase at Leopardstown, where they finished runner-up to Delta Work. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leopardstown could benefit if horses are not allowed travel to England

The Leopardstown  track has been the focus of disquiet at a number of big fixtures in recent years due to quick ground conditions. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Limerick’s Christmas festival looks set to take place on testing conditions, with the going officially ‘heavy’

Steve Thompson’s harrowing tale of early-onset dementia will likely have long-term effects. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

With more knowledge on dangers, will parents and children opt not to take a gamble?

A view as horses steps through a puddle on their way to the parade ring at the Curragh. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

IHRB released a statement on Sunday detailing how many horses are tested

Racing takes place behind closed doors at Fairyhouse. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

No paying customers for nine months has put some major tracks under pressure

Plans to build Ireland’s second all-weather track at Tipperary have been pushed back due. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

HRI announce increase in prizemoney and minimum levels in 2021 budget

Naas  Racecourse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champion trainer Willie Mullins described Naas meeting last Monday as farcical

 Davy Russell onboard Samcro (left) comes home to win in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leopardstown chief says weather outlook ahead of four-day festival looks to be okay

 Paul Townend celebrates victory on Al Boum Photo after they won the Gold Cup during day four of the Cheltenham National Hunt Racing Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13th, 2020. Photograph:  Tom Jenkins/Getty Images

Dual-Cheltenham Gold Cup hero named Horse Racing Ireland’s 2020 Horse of Year

Leopardstown racecourse is one of those that will be hit hard by a lack of spectators over the Christmas period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Gigginstown spokesman is worried levels of owner-interest could begin to fall

Sir Gerhard   was an impressive winner on his racecourse debut at Down Royal in October.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Presseye/Inpho

Friday’s contest could see the cream of Ireland’s bumper talent line up

 Darragh O’Keeffe riding Chatham Street Lad clear of the last to win The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Winters not ruling out a bid for Ryanair Chase at annual festival

Jim Bolger’s attempt to jolt the system shouldn’t be dismissed. Photograph: Inpho

One of the greatest trainers ever believes drug cheats are getting away with it

Denis Hogan returns to the saddle at Ayr on Monday riding one of his own horses. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Trainer had announced his retirement after Galway festival

Mogul ridden by Ryan Moore wins the Hong Kong Vase international horse race at Sha Tin. Photograph: Getty Images

Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien’s star mare Magical was third in the Hong Kong Cup

Michael Winters celebrates winning the Powers Gold  Cup with Rebel Fitz at Fairyhouse in 2014. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Success at national hunt HQ would be a first for popular Cork trainer Michael Winters

Aidan O’Brien’s Magical is looking to win an eighth Group One in Sunday’s Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin. Photograph: PA Wire.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien looking to end turbulent campaign on a high at Sha Tin

Jockey Robbie Power celebrates winning the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap aboard Missunited with trainer Michael Winters. File photograph: Inpho

Cork trainer bids to saddle first Irish-trained winner of Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in 15 years

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore at Longchamp. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien confirms English jockey will retain his position next year

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