Barry Geraghty riding Buveur D’Air (left) wins the  The  Champion Hurdle  from Melon  at Cheltenham last year. Melon was runner-up again this March, this time to Espoir D’Allen. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Melon has been a “nearly horse” for much of his career although Friday’s Punchestown festival feature looks a promising opportunity for him to finally(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen made the comments at the Cheltenham racing festival. File photograph: Eric Luke

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen said he expects the UK to delay Brexit but could not say what it would bring as there was “very little room” for the EU t(...)

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(...)

No 11 Tresilian, Foxrock, Co Dublin: major appeal will be the secluded family-friendly enclave

When developer Bernie Carroll moved into Tresilian, a “modern” estate off Foxrock’s Brighton Road 34 years ago, he had bought the private corner site (...)

2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds has been entered again for this year’s race. Photograph: Getty

Last year’s winner Many Clouds features among 126 entries for the Crabbie’s Grand National on April 9th, with the Aintree feature attracting the highe(...)

Double Seven and jockey Tony McCoy jump the final fence during the Grand National. The Martin Brassil-trained horse has been entered in the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Don Cossack heads the weights after 69 horses were entered for the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. Gordo(...)

Trainer Martin Brassil: “He ran an absolute stormer. We’re delighted with him. It’s such a tough race but it’s been a lucky race for us so far.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Curragh trainer Martin Brassil hasn’t ruled out another start this season by his stable star Double Seven who ran a fine third in Saturday’s Ai(...)

Tony McCoy on Colbert Station after winning the Paddy Power Chase in 2012.

Ground conditions could yet dictate what Irish-trained horse Tony McCoy teams up with in Saturday’s Crabbie’s(...)

Andrew Thornton celebrates winning the Ladbrokes Irish National on Lion Na Bearnai – an intended runner in Saturday’s big race at Aintree – at Fairyhouse in 2012.

Topweight Tidal Bay is the headline act among the ‘senior citizens’ for Saturday’s Crabbies Grand National but Co(...)