John Oxx with  QIPCO 1,000 Guineas contender Skitter Scatter  at Currabeg Stables. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Oxx believes Dundalk’s controversial all-weather circuit isn’t suitable for the same range of horses as it used to be and has welcomed plans for (...)

Dundalk racecourse “There are horses running here almost week in, week out. There are absolutely no welfare concerns,”said Dundalk track chief executive Jim Martin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The chief executive of Dundalk has insisted there are no welfare concerns about the beleaguered track and stoutly defended Ireland’s sole all-weather (...)

 Some Plan, ridden by Noel Fehily,  falls at the last during the  Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in 2018. The Henry de Bromhead-trained horse was one of seven horses to die at Cheltenham last year, three of which came in the Grand Annual. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Irish trainers are preparing for the enhanced animal welfare procedures that will be in place at next week’s Cheltenham Festival. Britain’s racing au(...)

 Any kind of checks on horses  take time, and time is at a premium when it comes to transporting animals. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ask most anyone in racing what the nightmare scenario is of a no-deal Brexit on March 29th and it usually comes back to horse boxes stuck in traffic j(...)

Testing was carried out by BHA personnel at the yards of both Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott prior to the Cheltenham National Hunt festival. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed it is prepared to drug-test horses trained in Ireland before they race in some of the major flat meet(...)

Aidan O’Brien: “We’re doing it for everyone in the industry. We will survive anyway but we need everyone to stay in racing.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has said he is ready to legally argue a Labour Court ruling rejecting his appeal in January against Workplac(...)

Willie Mullins: the report shows big trainers like Mullins are getting bigger but middle-ranking colleagues are being forced  out of business. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s Cheltenham fortunes are at an all-time high but a grim picture has been painted of the difficulties facing the majority of this country’s r(...)

Officials are keeping their fingers crossed that Faugheen stays on course to be the headline act of the Dub;in Racing Festival. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There are 48-hour declarations for every race at this weekend’s Dublin Racing Festival but Horse Racing Ireland has confirmed there are no plans to ex(...)

“I know people look through the white rails at the racetrack and see a sport. But to make that happen is agriculture,” said trainer Ger Lyons. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A lecturer I once had would illustrate his point about how language can fluctuate between definition and meaning by asking us to pretend to address an(...)

Noel Meade:  has  predicted some trainers will be “wiped out” after a recent Labour Court rejection of a Ballydoyle Racing’s appeal against Workplace Relations Commission compliance notices. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There are fears the impact of controversial new employment law in relation to hours worked by stable staff could impact on Ireland’s racing programme (...)

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