Racing at Clonmel  Racecourse in Co  Tipperary on March 24th,  in front of empty stands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brace yourselves, folks, for a paean to racing which, despite all its problems, remains the most magnificent triviality of all. I know I’ve lost some(...)

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(...)

Leopardstown is one of four tracks being made available to the government by Horse Racing Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s four racetracks are available to the government if needed in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Cork racecourse in Mallow has(...)

Irish National Hunt racing’s biggest festival of all at Punchestown is scheduled to start on April 28th. Photograph: Inpho

Irish racing’s top official wouldn’t speculate on when the sport might resume here but pointed to other major jurisdictions for evidence of how such a(...)

Jockeys and trainers endeavour to maintain social distancing in the parade ring at Naas last Monday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland aims to formalise guidelines on social distancing in racing yards that will help maintain animal welfare standards as the sport c(...)

A view from the stand in Clonmel during Tuesday’s meeting. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has described as “potentially catastrophic” the impact of a sustained period without racing on all sectors of the thoroughbred in(...)

The parade ring at Thurles racecourse on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Irish racing can be an incestuous echo-chamber at the best of times. But its decision to keep going behind closed doors in the face of a national heal(...)

Ger Lyons: ‘What we’re doing is 20 jockeys going racing to keep a livelihood. It’s horses running.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Top trainer Ger Lyons believes racing here is just one positive coronavirus test away from coming to a halt, but has backed the sport continuing behin(...)

A security guard wearing a face mask at Croke Park in Dublin,  where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A further 74 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Wednesday night. The new cases involve 29 women(...)

Grand National entry Jury Duty will race at Down Royal on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In unprecedented and fraught times racing has the St Patrick’s Day sporting stage almost entirely to itself. Fixtures at both Wexford and Down Royal(...)

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