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Journalist Thom Malone talks to  Dermot Cantillon, chairman of Naas racecourse, who is bidding for a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One of Irish racing and breeding’s most high-profile administrative figures, Dermot Cantillon, has decided to run for election to the Seanad. Current(...)

Naas card on Sunday included  two Listed races as well as the €120,000 Foran Auction Race Final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Television coverage of Irish racing has been criticised as second class by the chairman of Naas racecourse who urged the sport’s administration to ad(...)

Willie Mullins:  is 1-3 with Powers to claim  the new Dublin Racing Festival’s trainer title. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ahead of this weekend’s inaugural €1.15 million ‘Dublin Racing Festival’ there has been a call for a fundamental rethink on how fixtures are allocate(...)

 Trainer Colin Tizzard  on plans for Cue Card:  “We will go to the Ascot Chase, then either the Ryanair or Gold Cup and then on to Aintree. Then I will have him as my hunter.”  Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

The Co Kilkenny based breeder Harry McCalmont takes over as senior steward of the Turf Club on New Year’s Day when racing’s integrity will be oversee(...)

The Anti-Doping Task Force was originally set up as a response to a number of steroids controversies including that of former top trainer Philip Fenton who was disqualified from racing for three years in 2014. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

The first meeting of racing’s reconvened Anti-Doping Task Force won’t now take place until next week when it will be chaired for the first time by the(...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief Brian Kavanagh didn’t rule out a new system being in place by Christmas. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has insisted the deadlock in negotiations between the breeding industry and the Turf Club over a proposed new d(...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh who has held the role since 2001 was recently reappointed despite considerably outlasting the seven-year term recommended by the Government. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The chairman of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has apologised for the process by which it lengthened the term of its chief executive in defiance of Govern(...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Inpho

A lifetime ban for any horse who has been illicitly administered prohibited substances and increased frequency of out of competition testing are two o(...)

Trainer Phillip Fenton:  was disqualified by the Turf Club for three years in 2014 over possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The long-awaited report from racing’s Anti-Doping Task Force, set up in the aftermath of the steroids controversy that saw trainer Philip Fenton disq(...)

Serena Williams beating her sister Venus at Wimbledon on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

The Irish Times produced a Women’s Power List recently because, first, we’re worth it and, second, the BBC’s Women’s Hour radio programme had done (...)

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