A spokesperson for the Agha Khan raised the prospect that  he would relocate stallions and mares to France, hitting local employment. Photograph:  Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty

Plans to extract 3 million tonnes of sand and gravel from a Kildare quarry, which have been objected to by the Aga Khan and leading members of the hor(...)

 Charles Byrnes: the trainer’s  licence was suspended for six months  after Viking Hoard was found to have tested positive for a sedative following a race at Tramore. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulator has got the long-awaited “authorised officer” status required for officials to carry out drug-testing on thoroughbreds in pre(...)

Too often in the past racing has left itself open to claims that its regulatory instincts are light-touch and amount  to little more than a figleaf.  Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

It’s a case of better late than never about Irish racing’s plans to fundamentally shake up its anti-doping practises. It is five years since an indus(...)

The body that represents thoroughbred breeders in Ireland has said it is in broad agreement with racing’s regulator about drug protocols which will al(...)

Jim Bolger:  said that the number one problem in Irish racing is drugs and urged the IHRB to step up testing. “I am concerned with the lack of policing in racing. It’s not up to the mark, it’s not up to scratch.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulatory body has said up to 60 drug tests on hair samples taken from horses since the summer have been negative for prohibited subst(...)

Journalist Thom Malone talks to  Dermot Cantillon, chairman of Naas racecourse, who is bidding for a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One of Irish racing and breeding’s most high-profile administrative figures, Dermot Cantillon, has decided to run for election to the Seanad. Current(...)

Ruby Walsh rides Klassical Dream to victory at the  Punchestown Festival, Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare, in April 2019.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The future of several major stud farms in Co Kildare is under threat from the proposed development of a quarry near Kilcullen, according to leading fi(...)

Longclaw will be bidding for glory in Kentucky with Jamie Spencer on board.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Gordon Elliott is rapidly closing in on €1 million in prizemoney for the Irish National Hunt season but it’s a major $500,000 pot on the flat that the(...)

Horse Racing Ireland said traceability systems introduced this year would help improve the monitoring of thoroughbreds in this country. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has said traceability systems introduced this year will help improve the monitoring of thoroughbreds in this country. Howe(...)

Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool: A tripartite agreement, which   currently exists under EU law,  allows for the free movement of and trade in horses between Ireland, Britain and France. Photograph:   Getty Images

The Aintree Grand National festival could be the first casualty of a no-deal Brexit on March 29th because free movement of horses would no longer be a(...)

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