Philip Fenton

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Jim Bolger’s attempt to jolt the system shouldn’t be dismissed. Photograph: Inpho

It’s six weeks since Jim Bolger declared drugs to be Irish racing’s number one problem. He doesn’t believe there’s a level playing field. These are in(...)

Jim Bolger:  said that the number one problem in Irish racing is drugs and urged the IHRB to step up testing. “I am concerned with the lack of policing in racing. It’s not up to the mark, it’s not up to scratch.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulatory body has said up to 60 drug tests on hair samples taken from horses since the summer have been negative for prohibited subst(...)

Racing officials have countered criticism of the repeated delays in implementing formally a new anti-doping regime by stressing the need to get it done right rather than done quickly.

Irish racing’s regulatory body is facing a race against time to have an agreement in place with the Department of Agriculture that may allow drug test(...)

Denis Hogan: the Tipperary-based trainer was cleared of any blame but  was however ordered to pay €1,000 towards the costs of the investigation. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Racing’s regulatory body has defended the timeline which could see the first horse in this country to test positive for anabolic steroids back in act(...)

Al Boum Photo made a winning return to action at Tramore. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Al Boum Photo made a winning return to action as he led home a Willie Mullins clean sweep of the first three in the Listed Savills Chase at Tramore. (...)

“For any anti-doping programme, any form of notice is less than ideal.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has described as less than ideal any “prior day notice” element likely to be included in the thoroughbred indu(...)

A proposed industry-wide policy on doping control in Ireland includes provision for vets from Irish racing’s regulatory body to carry out tests on hor(...)

The Curragh Racecourse, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Oisin Keniry/Inpho

A Drug Testing and Traceability document with potentially radical implications for the racing and breeding industries has been circulated to all relev(...)

William Buick celebrates on Masar after winning the Derby at Epsom  on June 2nd. Photograph:  Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Hopes appear to be growing that an anti-doping protocol which permits comprehensive testing and traceability of thoroughbreds in Ireland could shortly(...)

A view of racing at the Cheltenham Festival last week. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

British racing’s ruling body insists it has total faith in Ireland’s anti-doping system although British Horseracing Authority personnel carried out t(...)

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