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 Ruby Walsh riding Kemboy  clear  to win The Coral Punchestown Gold Cup from Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend. Walsh then announced his immediate retirement from race riding at Punchestown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Rarely if ever can a big-race winner have wound up so sidelined from the spotlight as Kemboy was after Ruby Walsh took his Coral Punchestown Gold Cup (...)

The final cost of the Curragh racecourse redevelopment is expected to come in just under €81 million. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The final cost of the redeveloped Curragh racecourse is expected to come to just over €80 million. Irish racing’s biggest ever capital development pr(...)

Ruby Walsh (centre): ‘I’d love to get off one in Punchestown, pull the saddle off and tell Willie [Mullins] that I won’t be out for the next one.’ Photograph: PA Wire

It’s 20 years since Ruby Walsh first hit the Grade One bullseye at the Punchestown festival and the renowned rider can mark that anniversary in top-fl(...)

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(...)

  Long-time Irish National ante-post favourite Any Second Now (right) with Derek O’Connor on board, comes ahead of Henry Oliver on Kilfilum Cross to win the  Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He’s faced with the massed ranks of Irish racing’s mightiest teams but Snugsborough Benny may strike a rare blow for the little guy in Easter Monday’s(...)

Rachael Blackmore celebrates winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle, her first Grade One success on Irish soil, with Honeysuckle at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore rides A Toi Phil in Monday’s Boyelsports Irish Grand National but even a win in Fairyhouse’s €500,000 feature might struggle to comp(...)

Gordon Elliott’s Jury Duty (above), along with the Willie Mullins-trained Burrows Saint, and Any Second Now is favoured by the Irish Grand National big-race sponsors. Photograph: Inpho

Extensive watering is taking place at Fairyhouse to ensure “good to yielding” ground for Easter Monday’s €500,000 Boylesports Irish Grand National. I(...)

Willie Mullins: “I’d like to hopefully one day win one. My father was lucky enough to win the Irish National four times. That’s sort of something I would be conscious of.”

Willie Mullins memorably broke his Cheltenham Gold Cup hoodoo with Al Boum Photo last month and now plans to turn his attention to Monday’s €500,000 B(...)

Trainer Ted Walsh and his wife Helen celebrate Any Second Now’s  victory in the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham  with  jockey Derek O’Connor. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fairyhouse officials expect they will have to regularly water the track this week ahead of the prestigious Easter festival. After torrential rain aff(...)

A view of the new stand at the Curragh Racecourse. The 10,500 square metre stand caters for up to 6,000 people inside its four levels while its surrounds can cope with over 10,000.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Almost two decades after the Aga Khan announced a decrepit Curragh needed urgent resuscitation, construction work on Irish racing’s spectacular new sh(...)

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