Jim Dreaper

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Robbie Power celebrates Irish Grand Naitonal victory on Our Duke in 2017. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rescheduling the 2020 Boylesports Irish Grand National to the Friday of a revamped three-day ‘Winter Festival’ at Fairyhouse in late November is one p(...)

Blazer  provides good value in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on Friday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Once again the weight of JP McManus’s challenge is stamped all over Friday’s €200,000 Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. The renowned owner and busin(...)

Space Cadet: “It is a headache getting across at this time of year, but I wouldn’t go unless I thought he had a chance of picking up prizemoney.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Space Cadet is set to fly the Irish flag in Friday’s Welsh Grand National where he will bid to join an exclusive group. Just two Irish-trained horses(...)

Rashaan and Davy Russell jumping the last to win the Keelings  Hurdle during day two of the Fairyhouse Easter festival at Ratoath, Co Meath.  Photograph: PA

The one-time €8,500 Aga Khan cast-off Rashaan took his career earnings to almost €250,000 with a gutsy Grade Two success at Fairyhouse on Easter Monda(...)

The veteran former Welsh National hero Raz De Maree. The 14-year-old is famous for plugging on at the end of marathon races. Photograph: Getty Images

Ahead of Saturday’s gruelling stamina test in the Midlands Grand National, there is likely to be keen anticipation of any action that might be taken (...)

Equinome co-founder Prof Emmeline Hillleads the research-and-development team in Plusvital. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland has been attempting to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship, with mixed success to date. There have been several major breakthroughs over t(...)

Annie and Kate Madden of FenuHealth discovered that one of the flavours horses love most is Fenugreek

Entrepreneurs don’t come much younger than the founders of FenuHealth, horse-mad sisters, Kate (17) and Annie (15) Madden. They have been riding since(...)

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: the Tingle Creek Chase is “competitive but he’s top-rated and  an exciting horse to ride”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sandown’s Tingle Creek Chase is named after a horse famed for tackling the track’s fences at speed in the 1970s, and Ruby Walsh will hope Un de Sceau(...)

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell on his way to winning the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree last year. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

The memory of Red Rum is never far away from any Grand National and it will be evoked today in particular for Many Clouds, who will attempt to be the (...)

Jockey Jack Kennedy on Squouateur before the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: PA

The hand of history is all over the 2016 Boylesports Irish Grand National but its destiny could rest in the hands of its youngest jockey as Jack Kenne(...)

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