Total on-course betting was €33.8 million down 6.4 per cent. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The unrelenting decline of on-course betting in Ireland was illustrated by another stark dip in turnover on the country’s racecourses in the first hal(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins is chasing his fifth French Champion Hurdle success in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Willie Mullins’s big-race reach will span the Atlantic this week culminating in what he will hope is a fifth French Champion Hurdle success in Paris o(...)

Sizing John and Robbie Power winning the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup at Punchestown: Photograph:  Alain Barr

Sizing John is to be aimed at the £1 million bonus for winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock, the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Cheltenham Go(...)

Minding ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

 With just days to the start of the classic season at Newmarket any sense of “phoney war” surrounding the 2017 flat campaign vanished at Naas whe(...)

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown last year.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

 As the curtain descends on a momentous 2016-17 National Hunt season there’s an aptness to Apple’s Jade taking centre stage at Punchestown on Sat(...)

Patrick Mullins and his father, trainer Willie Mullins,   lift the cup in the parade ring after winning the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle with Wicklow Brave at Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Patrick Mullins’s readiness to go through the pain barrier looks to have put his father in pole position for an epic trainers’ title victory after the(...)

Unowhatimeanharry ridden by Noel Fehily (left) goes on to win the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle ahead of Nichols Canyon ridden by Ruby Walsh. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unowhatimeanharry just held off Nichols Canyon in a thrilling finish to the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown. Sent off favourite for (...)

Labaik under jockey Jack Kennedy plays catch up after failing to start during the  champion novice hurdle at Punchestown on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Turf Club is set to examine the rules surrounding whether or not horses are deemed to have raced following Tuesday’s controversial race at the Pun(...)

Un De Sceaux ridden by Ruby Walsh  at Cheltenham. Even  Walsh admits Un De Sceaux’s head-down-and-go style makes him that little bit different. Photograph: AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk

The feature races on each of the first four days at this Punchestown festival are worth €1 million, and Willie Mullins might have to win all of them i(...)

Gordon Elliott holds a lead of almost €400,00over Willie Mullins but only a fool would rule out his rival conjuring up a final-round knockout blow. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

By the time Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Kiltschko square off at Wembley Stadium in their world heavyweight title bout on Saturday the identity of Irel(...)

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