Peter Roe

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“The aim is consistency and that racecourses are all singing from the same hymn sheet, so that when the girths are loosened we have our plan”

Ireland’s racecourses are readying themselves for when “the white flag is raised” on spectators being allowed to go racing again. The prospect of a v(...)

Burrows Saint won the 2019 Irish Grand National for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Plans to stage the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Grand National in the autumn have been abandoned. The showpiece event was due to be run at Fairyhouse on Ap(...)

Irish National Hunt racing’s biggest festival of all at Punchestown is scheduled to start on April 28th. Photograph: Inpho

Irish racing’s top official wouldn’t speculate on when the sport might resume here but pointed to other major jurisdictions for evidence of how such a(...)

Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle clear the last to win The Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The date of the Dublin Racing Festival just over five weeks before Cheltenham means Honeysuckle is set to be one of the star names at Irish jump racin(...)

  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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

The Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy’s  eagerly-awaited return to action has been repeatedly delayed due to the going. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The absence of rain has become a real problem for Ireland’s racecourses with relatively quick ground conditions preventing some of racing’s top names (...)

Samcro: will be reunited with Jack Kennedy  in the highly-competitive Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has another Winter Festival feast in his sights at Fairyhouse tomorrow although hors d’oeuvres hardly come more substanti(...)

Laurina ridden by Paul Townend at Willie Mullins’ base  in Closutton, Co Carlow. Could be primed to face Apple’s Jade on Sunday.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Willie Mullins maintains ground conditions will be a “big factor” in whether or not he considers Sunday’s Bar One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle for his star (...)

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