There have been estimates of up to €65 million in lost commercial income to Irish racing generally due to the pandemic. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Media rights revenue has been described as “absolutely key” to the survival of Ireland’s 26 racecourses during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Af(...)

Racecourse bookmakers haven’t been able to operate since the first Covid-19 lockdown last March. Photograph: Inpho

The body representing on-course bookmakers has said it is inevitable some of its members won’t return to the ring once the worst of the coronavirus pa(...)

Racing takes place behind closed doors at Fairyhouse. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Making sure Ireland’s racecourses remain open will be the most important result of all for the sector in 2021. That’s according to the Association of(...)

“The aim is consistency and that racecourses are all singing from the same hymn sheet, so that when the girths are loosened we have our plan”

Ireland’s racecourses are readying themselves for when “the white flag is raised” on spectators being allowed to go racing again. The prospect of a v(...)

Jockeys walk to the spectator-free parade ring for the opening race during day two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Curragh Racecourse last weekend. Photo: PA Wire

Any Government move to increase crowd sizes at sporting events to 500 people will allow owners go racing but also increase costs for racecourses. Ah(...)

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

Free Wifi is expected to be available at all Irish tracks in 2020 although Laytown’s famous beach fixture could prove an exception. Ireland’s 26 race(...)

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

Bookmakers have rowed back on the threat of ‘strike’ action at Punchestown’s fixture on Tuesday although they may not bet on every one of the seven ra(...)

Naas card on Sunday included  two Listed races as well as the €120,000 Foran Auction Race Final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Television coverage of Irish racing has been criticised as second class by the chairman of Naas racecourse who urged the sport’s administration to ad(...)

Davy Russell on board Apple’s Jade (left) and Robbie Power on board Supasundae at Leopardstown over Christmas. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Disquiet at the prospect of the Racing UK channel taking over the broadcasting of Irish racing next year has led to a call for the matter to be referr(...)

A rebranding of the Racing UK product is anticipated to reflect the addition of Irish racing. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Irish racing is set for a broadcasting shake-up in 2019 with pictures switching to the Racing UK channel from At The Races (ATR). It is anticipated a(...)

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