Brian O'connor

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JP McManus: Wylde Hide recorded back to back Thyestes wins for him in 1995-96. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

It’s almost quarter of a century since JP McManus last won the Goffs Thyestes Chase but bookmakers feel he has a favourite’s chance of bridging that g(...)

Action from Leopardstown over Christmas. Over a third of European horses had Sadlers Wells, son of legendary US stallion Northern Dancer, in their pedigree. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The future of Tote Ireland, and whether all or part of it will be sold to private interests, is set to be decided by the end of March. Officials at H(...)

Paul Townend on his way to winning the BoyleSports Champion Steeplechase onboard Un De Sceaux at  Punchestown Festival in April 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Un De Sceaux tries to join a tiny band of elite horses that have won a Grade One race at the venerable age of 12 in Saturday’s feature at Ascot. Will(...)

Trainer Colm Murphy: ‘I wanted the appeal to hear my side of what actually did happen.’ Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Colm Murphy, the Champion Hurdle-winning trainer and former Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) official, failed in an appeal against a “non-tri(...)

Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle clear the last to win The baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The date of the Dublin Racing Festival just over five weeks before Cheltenham means Honeysuckle is set to be one of the star names at Irish jump racin(...)

Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare: Gusting winds of up to 90kph are forecast for the area for much of the time the Monday card is scheduled to run. The first race is due off at 12.45pm. Photograph: Inpho

Punchestown officials have conceded the outlook for racing going ahead there on Monday doesn’t look good. A 7.45am inspection is planned at the Co Kil(...)

Willie Mullins has been a notable exception among Ireland’s top trainers in not having a sponsorship deal with a bookmaker. Photograph: Inpho

 Willie Mullins has described the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board as being “a bit late coming to the party” on the back of the integrity body’(...)

Dylan Robinson on board Ornua comes in second behind Davy Russell on board Rashaan in the Open Gate Brewery Novice Steeplechase at the Galway Racing Festival in August 2018.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jockey Dylan Robinson returns to action at Fairyhouse on Saturday following a year on the sidelines after testing positive for cocaine. Last March Ro(...)

Trainer Nicky Henderson dealt with the scratching of star chaser Altior (above) through his Unibet blog. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The body representing Ireland’s racehorse trainers insists there should be nothing in racing that might undermine public confidence in the sport. The(...)

Lostintranslation: disappointed in the King George VI Chase at Kempton over Christmas. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Lostintranslation is likely to go straight for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March after his disappointing run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton ove(...)

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