Derek O Connor

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Insurance costs for clubs over the past year for race meetings has doubled and tripled, in some cases bringing premiums to €12,000 and upwards.

Amateur horse racing may grind to a halt this week as organisers are running out of time to secure insurance cover due to a UK underwriter failing to (...)

Insurance cover for point-to-point race meetings is being pulled from many of the organised events on Wednesday as the primary insurer is not renewing policies. Photograph: iStock

Amateur horse racing may grind to a halt this week as organisers are running out of time to secure insurance cover due to a UK underwriter failing to (...)

Ambrose McCurtin has had his ban and fine lifted on appeal over a ’non-trier’ charge at Listowel. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On Friday jockey Ambrose McCurtin celebrated both getting married and winning his appeal against a 14-day ‘non-trier’ ban picked up on No Memory at th(...)

Sam Twiston-Davies on Clan Des Obeaux jumps ahead of Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo during the the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No crowds were at Punchestown to watch Clan Des Obeaux win Wednesday’s Ladbrokes Gold Cup but it’s a victory that reverberated loudly across the Irish(...)

Ruby Walsh on Kemboy comes home to win ahead of Paul Townend and  Al Boum Photo in the 2019 running of the Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It is two years since Kemboy supplied Ruby Walsh with a perfect Punchestown ‘send off’ and the Willie Mullins-trained star will try to defend Ladbroke(...)

Keith Donoghue riding Tiger Roll clear the last to win The Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham in March. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Tiger Roll returns to Aintree on Thursday – two days earlier than many would initially have expected. Much has been written and said about the decisi(...)

Belfast trumpeter Linley Hamilton realised a long-held ambition in 2019 when he put together this new quintet featuring two heavyweights of US jazz: M(...)

Antey ridden by Katie Walsh (second right, green cap) gets up to win the  Novice Hurdle during day four of the Punchestown Festival 2018 in Co Kildare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rarely, if ever, can a Grade One have been won in such dramatic style and wind up so overlooked, but that was Supasundae’s unworthy fate after the Pun(...)

Draconien (R) jumps the last en route to victory in the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Un De Sceaux saw off stable companion Douvan to claim victory in the BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown. Trainer Willie Mullins saddled four o(...)

Jockey Derek O’Connor (right) is congratulated by Jack Kennedy after winning the Irish Gold Cup with Edwulf. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top point-to-point rider Derek O’Connor will get the opportunity to secure Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup glory next week aboard the JP McManus star Edwul(...)

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