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(...)

Gordon Elliott:  ‘It’s unfortunate and we probably trained the horses a bit different this year keeping Punchestown in mind.’ Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Top trainer Gordon Elliott has backed Horse Racing Ireland’s decision to end the 2019-2020 National Hunt season due to the coronavirus pandemic. With(...)

The Punchestown festival will not be held this year with Horse Racing Ireland announcing that the National Hunt season has been brought to a close. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The 2019-2020 Irish National Hunt season in Ireland has been ended by Horse Racing Ireland due to the coronavirus pandemic. With racing cancelled unt(...)

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(...)

There is growing uncertainty about next week’s Cheltenham festival and whether or not it can go ahead as planned.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has said the option of running meetings behind closed doors due to the coronavirus threat cannot be ruled out but stressed such a(...)

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

Champion amateur jockey Patrick Mullins has called for the Dublin Racing Festival to include a hunter chase in future. The amalgamation of Leopardsto(...)

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

Un De Sceaux tries to join a tiny band of elite horses that have won a Grade One race at the venerable age of 12 in Saturday’s feature at Ascot. Will(...)

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

As dilemmas go Henry De Bromhead has an enviable one in trying to decide what race A Plus Tard might line up in at the Cheltenham festival in March. (...)

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

It’s been a long wait but eight months after Chacun Pour Soi had the racing world at his feet he returns to action on day two of Leopardstown’s Christ(...)

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

Both Pat Smullen and Ruby Walsh received “Irish Racing Hero” honours at the 2019 Horse Racing Ireland awards on Tuesday night. The two champion jocke(...)

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