Finny Maguire on Coltor (right) comes home to win the   Connacht Hotel  Handicap on the opening day of the Galway Festival at Ballybrit. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Uncertainty continues to plague much more than the racing world but big race success for Dermot Weld almost brought an element of reassurance to day o(...)

The Galwaty Festival gets under way on Monday with 1,000 racegoers allowed in each day. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Galway Festival is usually about more than racing, often serving as a barometer of much wider contexts. The famous fund-raising tent became a sy(...)

Uradel, with Aubrey McMahon on board, comes home to win the valuable qualified riders handicap at the Galway Festival. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins is responsible for five of the seven Irish-trained entries for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 9th. The champion trainer’s p(...)

Katie Harrington salutes as she and Modem win the Connacht Hotel Handicap race from Awsome Star and Ted Veale at Galway races. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Trainer Jessica Harrington and daughter Kate teamed up in glorious fashion to take the feature race on day one of the Galway Festival with Modem. The (...)

Ruby Walsh: “I have no chance of being back in time for Galway. My arm will be in a sling for six weeks and then, I’d imagine, there will be another six weeks or so of rehabilitation.”

Ruby Walsh may not return to action until the autumn after he underwent surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his right shoulder on Monday.The star j(...)