“Jockeys have to know and understand they are professional athletes who have a liability not only to themselves but to their colleagues,” said jockeys’ association spokesman Andrew Coonan. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Irish Jockeys Association has said it understands why four-year bans for positive drug tests have been recommended in future and it stressed that (...)

“When a rider goes out, he is open to all scrutiny. Everyone at the track, everyone on TV, gets to see, by and large, every movement that he makes. Everything they do is scrutinised.”

The organisation that represents jockeys in Ireland has said the controversy over Davy Russell striking a horse with his fist at Tramore two weeks ago(...)

 Aidan O’Brien: was fined €2,000 in March when  Music Box was suspended from racing for 42 days under Rule 212.   Photograph:  Julian Herbert/PA

The Irish Jockeys Association wants to sit down with the Turf Club and review the impact of the ‘non-trier’ rules seven months after their controversi(...)

 Davy Russell: “The situation with Kings Dolly was an ordinary enough situation and I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.”  Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

The Irish Jockeys Association has urged there be no “rush to judgement” until Davy Russell has had an opportunity to explain what happened at Tramore (...)

Turf Club  chief executive Denis Egan  said there are no plans to follow France’s lead in introducing 2kg allowances for  female jockeys. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The Turf Club has no plans to replicate French racing’s introduction of a 4.5lb (2kg) allowance for female jockeys and the Irish Jockeys Association h(...)

Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan, said there could be an increase in t inquiries after the new running and riding rules come into force. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 The Turf Club anticipates there may be an increase in inquiries once extensive changes to the running and riding rules come into force at Dunda(...)

Former champion jockey Barry Geraghty successfully appealed against a 30-day ban last April. Photograph: PA.

The Irish Jockeys Association has given a cautious welcome to significant new changes in racing’s running and riding rules but stressed it believes “n(...)

 A wind turbine stands beside pylons in   a field near Sehnde-Muellingen in the region of Hanover, Germany. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

Four thoroughbred horse bodies have warned that investments in the bloodstock industry could be lost if wind turbines are not kept a safe dista(...)