The Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan said  60 ‘A’ card holders in the North have been  covered for death benefit since 2012.   Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

One of Northern Ireland’s leading trainers insists he had never known about stable staff in the north being covered for life assurance since 2012. Th(...)

Turf Club “A” cards are issued to full-time stable employees throughout Ireland, and Mr Egan said there were 60 such card-holders currently registered in the North. Photograph: Getty Images

The Turf Club has said that 60 full-time stable staff in the North of Ireland are covered as part of a life assurance scheme since 2012. That insuran(...)

Michael Grassick, chief executive of the IRTA, said “there is €4 million ready to be distributed among people who qualify for the new pension”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Racehorse Trainers’ Association (IRTA) estimates that up to €4 million is ready and waiting to be put into Irish racing’s new stable staff p(...)

Brian Kavanagh: “A strong effort has been made to address the practical issue of how Northern Ireland full-time staff are treated.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Racing’s new pension scheme for full-time stable staff has been finalised with provision made for benefits to be applied similarly throughout the isla(...)

Because the North is in a different jurisdiction, stable staff there haven’t benefitted from industry pension arrangements in the past.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Trainers in Northern Ireland plan to set up their own body and break away from the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association. The move puts a crack in Ir(...)

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(...)

Ruby Walsh on Yorkhill and trainer Willie Mullins celebrate winning the 1.30 JLT Novices’  Chase Action at Cheltenham. Photograph: Reuters

Irish racing’s reputation is at an all-time high after a record-breaking 19 winners at last week’s Cheltenham festival but a stark warning has come fr(...)

Irish Racehorse Trainers Association spokesman Michael Grassick: “That’s the main worry for trainers right now, the fact that veterinary evidence is irrelevant,” he said. Photograph: Inpho

The body representing Ireland’s racehorse trainers says it has concerns about aspects of the Turf Club’s new “non-trier” regulations which came into f(...)

TD Clare Daly said the recent minimum wage agreement between the ISSA and the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association was a “sham”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Stable Staff Association (ISSA) has rejected claims by the Independents4change TD Clare Daly that many working within racing are “indentured(...)

Michael Grassick with trainer  John Oxx: “A lot of lads ease up on a horse so they can actually finish, particularly on deep ground,” said Grassick. Photograph Morgan Treacy/Inpho

  The Turf Club’s radical new ‘running and riding’ regulations come into force for the first time at Dundalk on Friday evening but it is any pote(...)

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