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 Ruby Walsh after winning  the  2019 Irish Grand National on Burrows Saint at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Andres Poveda

The 2020 Boylesports Irish Grand National has been cancelled, with racing’s top official admitting that running Ireland’s most valuable steeplechase b(...)

Pattern performer Roaring Lion took the Irish Champion Stakes under Oisín Murphy in 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish Champion Stakes, €750,000 centrepiece of the upcoming Irish Champions Weekend, will not be sponsored. In April it was confirmed that Qatari(...)

A Naas Racecourse staff member sprays disinfectant as preparations continue for the resumption of horse racing on Monday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Today sees major competitive sport take place in Ireland for the first time since lockdown commenced when racing resumes behind closed doors at Naas. (...)

Trainer Michael Halford oversees the morning workout of up to 85 horses at Copper Beech Stables, Duneany, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Halford’s response when asked what the last 11 weeks have been like is simple: “The same, but different.” It sounds a contradictory statement(...)

Ryan Moore wins on Arizona at the Curragh last year. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The prospect of a crammed classic schedule means Aidan O’Brien anticipates having to split his 2,000 Guineas and Derby prospects between Ireland and E(...)

Action at the Curragh. Racing and breeding employ around 15,000 people and generate more than €2 billion a year. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Horseracing is practically under starter’s orders in France, where it resumes behind closed doors in Longchamp, Paris, on Monday, after nearly two mon(...)

A view of bookmakers before racing starts at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s on-course bookmakers believe the potential exists for them to return to work at racecourses and provide a restricted service at some point d(...)

The HRI-owned track at Navan will be the first National Hunt fixture to operate under the new guidelines on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish racing’s top official has conceded “it will be very painful for the industry” if the ban on public attendance at race meetings goes into the lon(...)

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

The on-course betting ring showed renewed signs of life in 2019 with a 6.6 per cent increase in turnover. The once all-powerful ring had seen turnove(...)

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

The future of Tote Ireland, and whether all or part of it will be sold to private interests, is set to be decided by the end of March. Officials at H(...)

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