The Warren Greatrex-trained  La Bague Au Roi is the sole British-trained winner over the two years of the Dublin Racing Festival. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Philip Reynolds confident Presenting Percy can figure in Irish Gold Cup

Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle on her way to winning the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse  in December. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Honeysuckle is the favourite to maintain unbeaten record in Irish Champion Hurdle

Total on course betting in 2019 amounted to €78.9 million, up 4.5 per cent. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Down Royal has to pass 7.45am inspection due to freezing forecast on Monday night

Sizing John: Jessica Harrington’s star will bid to win the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup which he claimed in 2017.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Officials aim to avoid the word ‘good’ in Leopardstown going description

The Dublin Racing Festival will take place at Leopardstown this weekend. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Packing so many big races into one weekend not the most prudent approach

As well a fine for the trainer, the jockey Kevin Brouder was suspended for seven days. Photograph: Inpho

Stewards take issue with Kendancer’s performance following ninth-place finish

Ruby Walsh on Kemboy.  Willie Mullins is bidding for  an 11th win in the  Irish Gold Cup, the feature event of the  Dublin Racing Festival

Delta Work to take his chance in Irish Gold Cup for Elliott, but it is unclear if Envoi Allen will takes up Dublin Racing Festival(...)

Watering is continuing at Leopardstown to ensure the ground is fit for purpose for  Dublin Racing Festival. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Paul Townend opts for Yukon Lil from Willie Mullins trio in Solerina Hurdle

Ryan Moore on board Magic Wand. The mare continues to be a reliable fixture on the international circuit. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Moore has travelled to ride the mare which finished runner-up to 2019 US horse of the year Bricks And Mortar in last year’s race

Benie Des Dieux won in style at Gowran Park. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Total Recall emerges from the fog to score in Thyestes after mare takes Galmoy Hurdle

Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle on the  way to winning the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse in December. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Presenting Percy on course for Irish Gold Cup rather than Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran

Road To Respect has been ruled out for the season. “Horses get legs. But he [Road To Respect] got it in Leopardstown on a track what wasn’t watered,” said Eddie O’Leary. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Road To Respect ruled out for the season due to a leg injury

Patrick Mullins celebrates winning the Matheson Hurdle on Sharjah at Leopardstown Racecourse in December 2019. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Patrick Mullins says novice status rules need to be re-examined

Patrick Mullins guiding Faugheen to victory in the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Chase at Limerick on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Champion amateur says victory for Faugheen would be the ‘big result’

JP McManus: Wylde Hide recorded back to back Thyestes wins for him in 1995-96. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Presenting Percy set to bid to complete a hat-trick of victories in Galmoy Hurdle

Action from Leopardstown over Christmas. Over a third of European horses had Sadlers Wells, son of legendary US stallion Northern Dancer, in their pedigree. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Research points to threat of increased inbreeding in thoroughbreds

Paul Townend on his way to winning the BoyleSports Champion Steeplechase onboard Un De Sceaux at  Punchestown Festival in April 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mullins-trained veteran goes head-to-head with Defi Du Seuil in Ascot feature

Trainer Colm Murphy: ‘I wanted the appeal to hear my side of what actually did happen.’ Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All About Joe suspended for 42 days following New Year’s Day event at Fairyhouse

Jockey Jack Kennedy, seen here on Delta Work after winning at Leopardstown, faces up to 10 days out due to a collarbone injury. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Young jockey broke a collarbone at Punchestown last October

Brian Kavanagh of Horse Racing Ireland: ‘As I understand it, the IHRB are on board. The breeders are on board. We’re on board.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Industry-wide policy on drug testing has been stalled since HRI approval in 2018

 Last year’s Dublin Racing Festival attracted an  official total weekend attendance of 24,254. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

At present just five horses are entered in the eight Group One races over the weekend

Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle clear the last to win The baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Fairyhouse ‘just on the right side of the line’ ahead of morning inspection

Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare: Gusting winds of up to 90kph are forecast for the area for much of the time the Monday card is scheduled to run. The first race is due off at 12.45pm. Photograph: Inpho

If meeting is cancelled the option of running it on Wednesday is under consideration

Willie Mullins has been a notable exception among Ireland’s top trainers in not having a sponsorship deal with a bookmaker. Photograph: Inpho

Andy Dufresne gets the better of Captain Guinness in Punchestown feature

Dylan Robinson on board Ornua comes in second behind Davy Russell on board Rashaan in the Open Gate Brewery Novice Steeplechase at the Galway Racing Festival in August 2018.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gordon Elliott hoping Andy Dufresne can bounce back to winning form at Punchestown

Trainer Nicky Henderson dealt with the scratching of star chaser Altior (above) through his Unibet blog. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Jockeys spokesman says sponsorship is different from ‘ambassadorial’ work

Lostintranslation: disappointed in the King George VI Chase at Kempton over Christmas. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Elliott chasing four in a row in Fairyhouse feature on Saturday

Action from the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown. Watering may be required for the forthcoming Dublin Racing Festival in early February. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Punchestown spokesman says climate changes have forced a review of options

Adding another day to the Cheltenham programme could draw a crowd in the region of 65,000. File photograph: Getty

Eddie O’Leary of Gigginstown Stud calls on Cheltenham to drop Champion Bumper

Battleoverdoyen with Davy Russell en route to winning Neville Hotels Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Battleoverdoyen eases to Grade One victory as drying ground results in three-horse field

Winning jockey Jack Kennedy and trainer Gordon Elliott with Delta Work after winning the Savills Steeplechase (Grade 1) during day three of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Earlier, Apple’s Jade finished the year in style with a third straight win in the Frank Ward

 Michael Hourigan’s Drumacoo is well placed for success in the Tim  Duggan Handicap Chase at Limerick. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Trainer Michael Hourigan has enjoyed many Chistmas festival wins over the years

 Ruby Walsh riding Kemboy   to win the Punchestown Gold Cup from Al Boum Photo back in May. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins’s star goes in Savills Chase on day three of festival

Trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Jack Kennedy celebrate winning the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown with Apple’s Jade in February. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s star mare has not won in 10 months and will need to show her old self

Jack Kennedy falls off Hardline during the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore steered her mount to the Paddy Power Rewards Club Chase on Friday

Roaring Bull and Jack Kennedy (blue cap) on the way to winning the Paddy Power Chase  during day two of the Christmas festival at Leopardstown. Photograph:  PA Wire

A ninth success in the race looked on the cards before Fitzhenry was pipped on the line

2019 Punchestown Festival: Richard Johnson  on Defi Du Seuil trails eventual winner Robbie Power on Chacun Pour Soi in The Ryanair Novice Steeplechase. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Mullins bullish while Gigginstown have team to make Easywork of Future Champions

Blazer  provides good value in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on Friday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

JP McManus goes in search of a ninth win in the race with team of eight horses

Davy Russell: novice Fury Road is among four rides for the former champion jockey

Gigginstown-owned Fury Road has a grade three penalty for contest with an illustrious roll of honour

Leopardstown Christmas Festival: Mark Walsh and  Nicky Richards after winning  Paddy’s Rewards Club ‘Sugar Paddy’ Steeplechase with Simply Ned. Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Days shy of turning 13 Nicky Richards’ veteran chestnut looks as formidable as ever

Patrick Mullins onboard Faugheen leaves Jack Kennedy and  Samcro trailing on the way to winning the the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Chase at Limerick. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Veteran former hurdler leaves Samcro 10 lengths adrift under jockey Patrick Mullins

Rachel Blackmore onboard Notebook coming home to win in Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael O’Leary owned star claims Novice Chase in convincing fashion

Harzand, trained by Dermot Weld and with Pat Smullen on board,  wins the Epsom Derby ahead of US Army Idaho in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I had won 22 classics but not an Epsom Derby. It had to be done. It was important to me.’

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the JLT Novices Chase on Black Hercules at the  Cheltenham festival in 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Cheltenham winner Black Hercules lines up in a competitive hunters chase

Laurina and Fakir d’Oudairies top bill in Dublin, Faugheen v Samcro down south

Frankel, ridden by Tom Queally, goes clear in the final furlong of the Champions Stakes to win his 14th and final race during the Qipco Champions Day meeting at Ascot racecourse in October 2012. Photograph: Getty Images

A former champion apprentice, he has ridden numerous Group One winners

 Samcro at Leopardstown. He will bring plenty of “star-power” to the €100,000 feature of day one at Limerick.  Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Veteran Faugheen aiming for 10th career Grade One in clash at Limerick that promises to be a Christmas festival highlight

Trainer Henry de Bromhead: Notebook will carry De Bromhead’s Grade One ambitions in the Racing Post Novice Chase. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Henry De Bromhead targets another successful Christmas period 14 declarations in total for St Stephen’s Day card

The 2020 competitions are beginning towards the end of 2019 because a full year appears too cramped for the GAA schedule. Photograph: Inpho

GAA players are amateurs yet many lead lives that put a lot of professionals to shame

Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo. The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner may line up in the €175,000 Savills Chase at Leopardstown. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ground conditions may be right for Willie Mullins-trained champ to return to action

Space Cadet: “It is a headache getting across at this time of year, but I wouldn’t go unless I thought he had a chance of picking up prizemoney.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish raider is a 50-1 outsider for the race, with last year’s winner Elegant Escape topping the betting

Davy Russell:  The jockey has been out of action for the last 12 days after feeling ill at Punchestown’s John Durkan Chase fixture on December 8th. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jockey will ride Paloma Blue following illness, but racing depends on state of track

 Brian Kavanagh, the chief executive of Horseracing Ireland. “The HRI board has aligned its spend in 2020 with its strategic priorities for the industry.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Horse Racing Ireland makes prizemoney a priority, and confirms an extra €1.7m will be made available next year

Hugh Horgan on Darasso, Alan Dobbs on Rhinestone and Tom Hamilton on Fakir D’Oudaries at Joseph O’Brien’s yard in Owning, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

French recruit primed to take on Ireland’s top Gold Cup contenders in Savills Chase

 Michael O’Leary: his Gigginstown Stud team believes the King George VI Chase might be boosted by including the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal in the  £1m Triple Crown bonus. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gigginstown spokesman says move could boost Irish interest in King George VI Chase

Jack Kennedy on board Samcro. The high-profile novice chaser   got his career over fences off to a perfect start at Down Royal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Apple’s Jade could be retired if failing to fire at Leopardstown

Liverpool’s Mo Salah celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal against Watford. Liverpool are bidding to win  their first Premier League title in 30 years. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/via Getty Images

Club has long had a massive and passionate support base this side of the Irish Sea

Bryan Cooper enjoyed a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure at Navan. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Bryan Cooper enjoys morale-boosting win as Elliott’s odds-on favourite is turned over

Robin Des Foret: will bid to bridge a 14-year gap since an Irish winner in the handicap feature at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ante-post favourite, Riders Onthe Storm, ruled out after being declared a non-runner by mistake

Navan Racecourse: Sunday’s schedule will see Navan share the RTV spotlight with Carlisle and there are ten minutes gaps between the two meetings.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Andy Dufresne fancied to continue good form of Elliott’s novice team at Navan

Chacun Pour Soi will have just his third ever start  in the €125,000 Grade One Paddy’s Reward Club Chase on day two of the Christmas festival at Leopardstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gordon Elliott dominates entries for Sunday’s Navan feature

Ruby Walsh and  Pat Smullen received Irish Racing Hero honours at the Horse Racing Ireland awards. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Grand National hero Tiger Roll crowned 2019 Horse of the Year

Racing TV’s coverage of the Grade One John Durkan Chase at Punchestown on Sunday was heavily criticised  for being shown on a split-screen and with no commentary until the closing stages. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Fears over coverage of busiest racing day of year on St Stephen’s Day

Davy Russell had to stand himself down during Sunday’s action at Punchestown when feeling unwell. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Russell targets return from sickness as Mullins plots introduction of French recruits

Min’s win in the John Durkan Chase was shown on a split screen on Racing TV. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sunday’s John Durkan Chase shown on a split screen on Racing TV due to a clash

Tiger Woods will captain the US team at this week’s Presidents Cup. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Tiger Woods will add some stardom but contest is almost always a foregone conclusion

 Jockeys ride Mount Everest, Anthony Van Dyck and Magic Wand during the trackwork session at Sha Tin Racecourse in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China. Photograph: VInce Caligiuri/EPA

Trainer’s mare finishes runner-up to Win Bright while Anthony Van Dyck fails to fire

Min and Paul Towenend (L) took the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Odds-on favourite takes John Durkan Chase as Presenting Percy stays on smartly in third

 Jockey Ryan Moore   rides Anthony Van Dyck   during the trackwork session at Sha Tin Racecourse in   Hong Kong. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/EPA

Colt joined by stable companion Mount Everest in contest due off at 5.40 Irish time

Ruby Walsh on Min winning the Ladbrokes Dublin Steeplechase at Leopardstown last  February.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Big weekend for Willie Mullins with Un De Sceaux and Listen Dear among 22 runners

Irish jockey Colin Keane is in action inHong Kong this weekend. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish jockey competes in the Longines International Jockeys Championship at Happy Valley

Davy Russell onboard Presenting Percy comes home to win the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park in January 2019. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Owner Philip Reynolds expects ‘proper test’ after ‘long nine months’

The hugely popular veteran Un De Sceaux is on track for another crack at this Saturday’s Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Referrals panel accepted evidence that horse was exposed to Boldenone prior to entering trainer’s yard

Hugh Horgan on Darasso, Alan Dobbs on Rhinestone and Tom Hamilton on Fakir D’Oudaries at Joseph O’Brien’s yard in Kilkenny on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** EDITORIAL USE ONLYLeopardstown Christmas Festival Yard Launch, Joseph O’Brien’s Yard, Owning, Kilkenny 2/12/2019Hugh Horgan on Darasso, Alan Dobbs on Rhinestone and Tom Hamilton on Fakir D’OudariesMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

‘We all want to win. I understand, and he understands, it’s not easy’

Could the betting ring be in danger at racecourses around the country? Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sympathy for bookies wouldn’t be in abundance but they’re integral part of racing scene

 Davy Russell riding Envoi Allen (left) clears  the last to win The baroneracing.com Royal Bond Novice Hurdle from Abacadabras and Jack Kennedy (maroon cap) at Fairyhouse. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Trainer Gordon Elliott describes latest novice star as ‘the real thing’

Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle clears the last to win The baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Youth comes through in Winter Festival feature as Apple’s Jade is beaten at Fairyhouse

Apple’s Jade: in last year’s Hatton’s Grace Hurdle the mare produced possibly the finest performance to date of her outstanding career.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Samcro and Envoi Allen give Elliott strong hand in other ‘Winter Festival’ highlights

Tim Husbands, former CEO Titanic Belfast Properties, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Leopardstown Racecourse.

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott target Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury

David Simmonson and Cian Cullinan failed tests earlier this year

Horses and jockeys on the gallops at  Gordon Elliott’s yard in Co Meath. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gordon Elliott says Aintree Grand National is ‘the race I’m training him for’

  Ruby Walsh riding Kemboy   clear the last hurdle  to win The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend   at Punchestown Racecourse in May  2019. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Star chaser one of seven ex-Supreme horses registered again with HRI

Jack Kennedy and Apple’s Jade are set to be reunited at Fairyhouse next weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Elliott’s star mare is looking to bounce back and make history in Hatton’s Grace Hurdle

Bookmakers might not take bets on every race at Punchestown on Tuesday due to a dispute with the racecourse’s organisation and Horse Racing Ireland. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Donnacha O’Brien outlines training plans after announcing retirement from saddle

Tote turnover has been in freefall in recent years, struggling in a radically changed betting landscape dominated by online firms and exchanges.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Review focused on long-term strategy rather than talks with individual companies

Jockey Donnacha O’Brien is congratulated by his brother Joseph after Latrobe’s victory in the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

O’Brien plans to follow his older brother Joseph and his father Aidan into training

Bookies unhappy at how meetings cater for off-course interests and charges for standing

 Nico de Boinville riding Altior clear the last to win The bet365 Clebration Steeple Chase at Sandown Park in April. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Ascot feature the longest trip the two-mile champion has faced in his impressive career

Solicitor Patrick Kennedy says another four applications have been made

Former Irish Grand National hero General Principle will be one of Gordon Elliot’s strong team in the Troytown Chase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

General Principle and Ravenhill two of the top trainer’s formidable 11 runners in Navan feature

Trainer David Dunne will be represented at Wednesday’s all-weather fixture at Dundalk by the course-winning mare Pretty Little Liar. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

IHRB investigate after Druim Samhraidh returned a positive test for anabolic steroid

Willie Mullins insists the Gold Cup in March remains Kemboy’s target.  Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

New syndicates will have to be organised on horse by horse basis

Ruby Walsh onboard Klassical Dream wins the  Herald Champion Novice Hurdle during the Punchestown Festival last April. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Klassical Dream odds-on favourite to complete a nine in a row for top trainer

Robbie Power: will ride Apple’s Jade for the first time at Navan on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Grade One winner bidding for a hat-trick of wins in the Lismullen Hurdle

The country’s sole artificial racing surface in Dundalk has come under increasing pressure to cope with demand and earlier this year HRI committed to building a second all-weather. Photograph: Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland chief says ruling body faces a “tight scenario” for 2020 budget

Craig Williams (nearest rail) aboard Vow and Declare wins the Melbourne Cup in Melbourne. Photograph: Getty

Australian-bred Vow And Declare takes renewal as Dettori left to rue luck and ‘cry’

Apples Jade after winning the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in February. Photograph: Inpho

Douvan among Mullins entries for Fortria Chase at Navan

Racing officials have countered criticism of the repeated delays in implementing formally a new anti-doping regime by stressing the need to get it done right rather than done quickly.

Body facing tight finish to have accord in place with Department of Agriculture

The Melbourne Cup has a maximum field of 24 and True Self just missed the cut at 25. File photograph: Inpho

Top handler Willie Mullins admits frustration at runner missing out on valuable renewal

Wayne Lordan and Iridessa after victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

Aidan O’Brien and son Joseph have seven of the 24 runners in field on Tuesday morning

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