An artist’s impression of what the Curragh will look like following its €70m redevelopment.

Curragh officials are gearing up for this weekend’s first classic test of temporary facilities put in place during the track’s €70 million redevelopme(...)

Apple’s Jade ridden by Bryan Cooper clears the last on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown last year.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

 As the curtain descends on a momentous 2016-17 National Hunt season there’s an aptness to Apple’s Jade taking centre stage at Punchestown on Sat(...)

Jessica Harrington: It’s only an age [70]. Touchwood I feel great, my arm is mended, Punchestown’s next week and there’s plenty to be getting on with.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Inside a matter of weeks Jessica Harrington has won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Irish Grand National. She’s had another result too in that sh(...)

Jockey Robbie Power and trainer Jessica Harrington celebrate  Our Duke’s victory in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A month after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Jessica Harrington landed her first BoyleSports Irish Grand National when the 9-2 favourite Our Duke ro(...)

Robbie Power celebrates winning this year’s  Gold Cup on Sizing John at Cheltenham.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cheltenham Gold Cup success on Sizing John has already led to more opportunity for Robbie Power and the in-demand jockey will aim to turn it into mor(...)

Nina Carberry  gets to her feet after taking a tumble with Sir Des Champs in last year’s Grand National at Aintree. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It’s 40 years since Charlotte Brew became the first woman to ride in the Grand National. Her feat got overlooked when Red Rum, perhaps the most famous(...)

Gold Cup possible Djakadam schooling over fences with Ruby Walsh after racing at Leopardstown on Sunday. Photograph: Patrick McCann

Sunday’s principal Leopardstown focus was on post-race schooling by half a dozen of Willie Mullins’s potential Cheltenham team and while the session m(...)

 Trainer Johnny Murtagh was hit with a €2,000 penalty over the  running and riding of Tobacco Bay at Dundalk on Friday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Johnny Murtagh has decided not to appeal the €2,000 penalty he picked up over the running and riding of Tobacco Bay in Dundalk on Friday night. As w(...)

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association says 90% of Ireland’s foal population belongs to its members, and insists there is no evidence of steroid use within the Irish bloodstock industry. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

Talks between the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and the Turf Club over a new protocol to allow racing’s regulatory body to drug test on stu(...)

Australian rider Michelle Payne memorably described racing as “chauvinistic” after her 2015 Melbourne Cup victory. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

Positive discrimination sounds contradictory but it provides some straightforward implications when it comes to French racing’s decision to give femal(...)

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