The Anti-Doping Task Force was originally set up as a response to a number of steroids controversies including that of former top trainer Philip Fenton who was disqualified from racing for three years in 2014. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

The first meeting of racing’s reconvened Anti-Doping Task Force won’t now take place until next week when it will be chaired for the first time by the(...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief Brian Kavanagh didn’t rule out a new system being in place by Christmas. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has insisted the deadlock in negotiations between the breeding industry and the Turf Club over a proposed new d(...)

 Ryan Moore riding Caravaggio win The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The system of both announced and unannounced drug inspections of racing yards by Turf Club officials could be be extended to stud farms. A document d(...)

 Philip Fenton: was disqualified for three years in 2014 for possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Turf Club expects to have a protocol agreed within the next two weeks that will allow racing’s regulatory body carry out drug testing on stud far(...)

The UK was the market for 50 per cent, or 270,000 tonnes, of Irish beef exports -  a loss of access due to Brexit would destabilise the overall dairy sector in Ireland, Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy said. File photograph: iStockPhoto

The implications of Brexit for farmers and for the food and agriculture sectors are “frightening” and could affect Irish competitiveness to a potentia(...)

An appeal by Aidan O’Brien against the penalties imposed under controversial new “non-trier” rules over the running and riding of Music Box at Dundalk(...)

Denis Egan: the Turf Club CEO described a midweek meeting with the Irish Horse Breeders Association as  “productive”.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both the Turf Club and the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association agree a protocol to allow racing’s regulatory body carry out drug testing on stud (...)

Pat Smullen on Harzand winningThe Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in 2016. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

  The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby will be run at the Curragh in 2018 despite some calls for the country’s premier classic to be moved elsewhere d(...)

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association says 90% of Ireland’s foal population belongs to its members, and insists there is no evidence of steroid use within the Irish bloodstock industry. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

Talks between the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and the Turf Club over a new protocol to allow racing’s regulatory body to drug test on stu(...)

Horse trainer Pat Hughes  was convicted in the Carlow District Court for possessing the anabolic steroid stanozol. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

It’s now five years since six kilograms of the powerful anabolic steroid nitrotain was intercepted at Dublin Airport on its way to the retired Departm(...)

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