Jim Bolger’s attempt to jolt the system shouldn’t be dismissed. Photograph: Inpho

It’s six weeks since Jim Bolger declared drugs to be Irish racing’s number one problem. He doesn’t believe there’s a level playing field. These are in(...)

Noel Meade: ground conditions are immaterial for his big-race hope,  the notably versatile Snow Falcon, a high-class staying hurdler. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpo

Trainer Noel Meade was one of those critical of the decision to make Tote Galway Plate day an evening fixture although a couple of hours here or there(...)

Ger Lyons: “You can have all the regulations you like but it Ballydoyle can’t handle it, we’re all finished.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has begun talks with two Government departments and is seeking a derogation for racing from controversial new legislation that re(...)

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(...)

Willie Mullins at the gallops at his Closutton headquarters in Carlow. He will bring a formidable 50-strong team to Cheltenham. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The scale of Willie Mullins’s overarching influence at Cheltenham next week can be gauged in any number of statistical permutations, but few have put (...)