Andrew Coonan

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The growing spate of whip rule breaches has prompted a stark warning from the Irish Jockeys Association (IJA) about a potential shortage of riders ava(...)

Ronan Whelan begins a six-day ban by missing out at Bellewstown on Wednesday after falling foul of the rules. Photograph: Inpho

There is “growing unease” among Ireland’s professional jockeys about potential longer-term repercussions from the whip-rule changes that came into for(...)

 Chris Hayes on Baladiya wins the Walsh Associates Architects Maiden at Leopardstown Racecourse. Hayes was referred on after a fourth breach of the new rules when winning the Blue Wind Stakes on Tarnawa at Naas earlier this month.   Photograph: PA

The Irish Jockeys Association (IJA) has warned a very significant problem could be coming down the road with new whip rules introduced six weeks ago. (...)

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 (...)

The final race of the opening day at Cheltenham saw a number of riding bans handed out. Photgraph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British Horseracing Authority has come under heavy fire for the penalties it imposed on three amateur jockeys after Tuesday’s controversial four-m(...)

The Irish Jockeys Association expressed major disappointment both with the move to impose a figure on whip use and how it was done. Photograph:  Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

The body representing Ireland’s jockeys has said the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board will “rue the day” it announced plans to restrict riders to a (...)

Denis Egan: “Under the new penalty structure, a positive test may in effect end a rider’s career.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulatory body has ordered mandatory attendance by young professional jockeys at anti-doping seminars next month. The move by the Iri(...)

Over the last four  years there have been 13 positive tests by riders for the Class A drug cocaine

The Irish Jockeys’ Association has said the current interpretation of rules regarding riders testing positive for cocaine appears to be reasonable eve(...)

Flat racing at Ballinrobe will continue next year.

Flat racing at Ballinrobe has got an official green light to continue and the events that forced last week’s card at the Co Mayo track to be abandoned(...)

 Horse Racing Ireland chief Brian Kavanagh:  “I don’t think there will be a dip in audience or viewers.” Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As the process of finding a new chairperson for Horse Racing Ireland begins, the semi-State body’s chief executive has dismissed fears of a potential (...)

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