Brian Kavanagh

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The looming shadow of Brexit has already had an impact on trade with bloodstock sales at public auction in Ireland falling by eight per cent last year(...)

“Even in the event of a no-deal exit we would hope Ireland will still be dealt with as a single unit for animal disease purposes,” said HRI’s Brian Kavanagh. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Irish racing’s efforts to prepare for a potentially disastrous no-deal Brexit are gathering pace although the sector is currently a “prisoner of the m(...)

Tote turnover at Leopardstown’s recent four day Christmas festival fell by almost a million euro on the previous year to €1,606,297.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A ban on betting on horse racing in Israel has been blamed for an alarming slide in Tote betting in recent months. Last year the Israeli government a(...)

Racehorse trainer Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle Stables in Rosegreen, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has eased rules regulating the hours worked by racehorse trainers’ staff ahead of one of the industry’s busiest weeks. The move comes (...)

Brian Kavanagh: “We want the Government to take assurance from the industry that the type of diagnostic and research work done there will be done to the highest international standards.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Facilities at the Irish Equine Centre have been described as “not up to scratch” and improving them is a key priority for racing’s ruling body amid co(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Mr Kavanagh has said there are no border inspection points for equines at any of the Irish seaports. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A nightmare scenario in which a no-deal Brexit effectively brings the movement of horses between Ireland and the UK to a stop has been outlined by Iri(...)

 Construction work at the Curragh racecourse near Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s (HRI) chief executive has said racing’s ruling body is committed to delivering a new Curragh racecourse, and will “commit to wh(...)

A general view as runners leave the stalls at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Horse Racing Ireland is set to unveil a five year strategic plan that will put human and animal welfare at the top of its list of priorities. Booste(...)

Jack Kennedy and Samcro after victory in the 2018 Ballymore at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A final decision on whether Samcro goes chasing or stays over hurdles this season has yet to be made and a call on whether or not he returns at Down R(...)

A view of racing at Down Royal from May 2017. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye/

A meeting on Wednesday between Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and the owners of Down Royal has left the sport’s ruling body confident racing will continue(...)

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