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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(...)

Gordon Elliott: will have a formidable team assembled for the big race  at Aintree. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Gordon Elliott has a potential record-sized team ready to line up in Saturday’s Randox Health Aintree Grand National although there’s no doubting Tige(...)

Friday week’s new Brexit deadline means the transportation of horses to and from Ireland to this week’s Aintree Grand National festival goes ahead as normal. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Irish racing’s ruling body has welcomed the provision of an extra Border Inspection Post at Rosslare port in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Friday we(...)

Flat jockey Fran Berry has retired from the saddle with immediate effect.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Flat jockey Fran Berry has retired from the saddle with immediate effect. The 38-year-old suffered spinal injuries in a fall at Wolverhampton in Janu(...)

Mark Walsh riding Sir Erec clears the last jump to win the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 3rd. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A lot of Irish emotion is going to be invested in Presenting Percy’s Gold Cup challenge, but much of Ireland’s final day financial investment will pro(...)

 Espoir D’Allen ridden by Mark Walsh races to victory during the Champion Hurdle Challenge at Cheltenham. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland rarely delights in a Cromwell victory, but this win at Cheltenham was sweet, particularly when there was little to cheer about Brexit at a cer(...)

Mark Walsh celebrates victory on Espoir D’Allen in the Champion Hurdle during the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The label of ‘Most Popular Cromwell in Ireland’ might ordinarily be regarded as damning with faint praise but Espoir D’Allen’s surprise Unibet Champio(...)

Barry Geraghty kisses the  Champion Hurdle trophy  after winning the race with Buveur D’air in 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Barry Geraghty’s first Cheltenham festival ride was in 1999. Twenty years later he starts this week with what he describes as being as good as book of(...)

 The Willie Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux leading  horses on the all-weather gallop in the centre of  Cheltenham racecourse. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Willie Mullins actually has a reduced Cheltenham team this week – something that might seem very unlikely indeed by the end of day one of the 2019 fes(...)

Champion Hurdle contender Laurina on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse on Sunday. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Cheltenham’s authorities are bracing for a late winter weather kick with a wind warning in place for Day Two of the festival on Wednesday. After mont(...)

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