Band of Outlaws and JJ Slevin (centre) get up to win the EMS Copiers rated Novice Hurdle ahead of Aze Runner and Paul Townend (left) during BBA Ireland Opera Hat Mares Chase Day at Naas Racecourse on Saturday. Photo: PA Wire

Irish racing’s chief veterinary officer expressed satisfaction at how bio-security measures implemented over the weekend helped ensure the sport could(...)

Trainer Henry de Bromhead has called for the use of penetrometer devices on Irish racecourses to ascertain more accurate ground conditions. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Top trainer Henry de Bromhead has called for penetrometer devices that help ascertain more accurate ground conditions to be trialled at Irish racecour(...)

Down Royal: was voted Irish Racecourse of the Year in 2017. Now  now under new management, on Tuesday it is scheduled to host the first of a dozen fixtures this year. Photograph: Kevin Boyes/Presseye/Inpho

A new chapter in the over 200-year history of Down Royal racecourse could begin on Tuesday when the track’s new management offer free admission to pa(...)

Davy Russell onboard Presenting Percy comes home to win the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham last March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With 50 days to the start of the Cheltenham festival, connections of Presenting Percy are keeping fingers firmly crossed they will be able to get vita(...)

David Mullins on Kemboy clears the last to win The Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins is concerned time may be running out to get vital experience into his best novices ahead of the Cheltenham festival in eight weeks’ tim(...)

Davy Russell on Delta Work claimed the Drinmore Novice Steeplechase from Barry Geraghty on Le Richebourg at Fairyhouse earlier this month. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team produce five of the seven runners for Leopardstown’s Grade One novice highlight on Saturday although it is Del(...)

 Paul Townend   with trainer Willie Mullins at Punchestown Festival in April. Townend does the honours on Annamix today at  Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Annamix finally makes his long-awaited debut for Willie Mullins at Limerick on Friday. Not only is the French-bred horse already 8-1 favourite for Ch(...)

Footpad: will return to action at Leopardstown following a fall at Naas last time out. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A betting rule of thumb for some is wariness of horses that have fallen in their previous race, a concern with a wider context than punting when it c(...)

Connections of Ellie Mac celebrate victory in the  Horse & Jockey Hotel Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstown last Christmas.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse racing was once described as a magnificent triviality. John Schuster calls it a great distraction. It’s a distraction that means there will be n(...)

Jack Kennedy on Mengli Khan at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mengli Khan’s sole start to date at Leopardstown saw him crash out through a wing of a hurdle when a heavy Grade One favourite last Christmas; it’s so(...)

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