Jockey Ronan Whelan  and trainer Michael Halford will be looking to land their first Classic with Sinawann in Friday evening’s 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Photograph:  Alan Betson

With the sporting stage to itself, Friday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas, and other big races over the coming weeks, have been described as a “huge(...)

Trainer Michael Halford oversees the morning workout of up to 85 horses at Copper Beech Stables, Duneany, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Halford’s response when asked what the last 11 weeks have been like is simple: “The same, but different.” It sounds a contradictory statement(...)

Ronan Whelan on Ridenza (red helmet) on the way to winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies’ Maiden at Leopardstown last August. Photograph: Oisín Keniry

In the midst of spiralling national unemployment figures a body representing stable staff in Ireland say the racing sector here is proving notably res(...)

Shane Stokes guides Albigna to victory in the Arlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh during June’s Irish Derby festival. Jessica Harrington’s filly is set to contest  Sunday’s  CL Weld Park Stakes at HQ. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Curragh’s turbulent 2019 season starts to wind down this weekend although Sunday’s feature is potentially set to proceed down a very settled rout(...)

Dundalk racecourse. A new Polytrack won’t be in place until  next summer.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Some of Ireland’s top jockeys have given a cautiously positive verdict on Dundalk’s all-weather surface although also adopting a wait-and-see attitud(...)

Jessica Harrington: “I’ll talk to connections before Sunday, but it’ll be one of them taking her chance, probably Albigna.” Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

A year after Alpha Centauri’s stellar career ended in shock defeat at “Irish champions weekend” Jessica Harrington is aiming for a happier Group One o(...)

 Robbie Power on Tudor City in action during the the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap. Photograph: James Crombie

Tudor City secured a thrilling Guinness Galway Hurdle success on Thursday to give his trainer Tony Martin a timely big race boost. Martin’s fortunes(...)

 Frankie Dettori celebrates winning The Kerrygold Irish Oaks on Star Catcher. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Frankie Dettori brought some welcome ‘feel-good factor’ to a beleaguered Curragh on Saturday with a classic master class on Star Catcher in the Kerryg(...)

Broome and Donnacha O’Brien win the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown. Photo: PA Wire

The odds on Aidan O’Brien securing a record-equalling seventh Epsom Derby tightened even further after Broome led home a Ballydoyle 1-2-3 in Sunday’s (...)

  Ruby Walsh celebrates on Footpad after winning the   Arkle  Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in March. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

With Douvan out for the season the focus is likely to increase on another of Willie Mullins’s star chasers Footpad who could make his return to action(...)

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