Brian Kavanagh

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Verry Elleegant holds off Anthony Van Dyck (nearest camera) to win the  Caulfield Cup in Melbourne at the weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Racing’s authorities believe evidence of the sport having operated successfully behind closed doors for over four months makes a case for it to contin(...)

Brian Kavanagh: “The Government has spoken about protecting businesses from the impact of Covid and Brexit and we’re right in the middle of both of those.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s budget, Irish racing’s top official has pointed to the sector as being “in the firing line” of both coronavirus and Brexit. The G(...)

Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Racing officials have admitted to “a sigh of relief” at news that the Government is set to reject advice to impose Level 5 lockdown restrictions due t(...)

Elysium wins behind closed doors at the Curragh on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland officials believe its five-year Strategic Plan for the sport can still provide a framework for future recovery despite the corona(...)

Leopardstown Racecourse during the recent  Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has estimated the cost of the coronavirus pandemic on its racecourse division this year could be up to €7.5 million. Iris(...)

A race horse is sprayed with water to cool it down following a race at Warwick. Photograph: David Davies/Getty Images

A “readymade” digital passport system to ensure movement of horses in Europe is being lined up if the European Union and UK government can agree a Bre(...)

Sizing John has been forced to retire after sustaining a career-ending injury on Thursday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

An estimated €20 million hole in the local economy is anticipated ahead of the Listowel festival which begins on Sunday. Although from Monday owners(...)

A view of the Curragh during Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has announced owners can return to the track from Monday. In line with new Government guidelines which now permit racing (...)

A view of Leopardstown  during Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Racing’s ruling body has described as “reassuring” Government confirmation that the sport will continue up to all but lockdown level under its new Liv(...)

Jockeys walk to the spectator-free parade ring for the opening race during day two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Curragh Racecourse last weekend. Photo: PA Wire

Any Government move to increase crowd sizes at sporting events to 500 people will allow owners go racing but also increase costs for racecourses. Ah(...)

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