Social distancing in the parade ring at Naas racecourse. Photograph: PA

More Beautiful ensured Aidan O’Brien got off to a winning start as Irish racing resumed at Naas on Monday. The Ballydoyle handler claimed Sunday’s Qi(...)

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(...)

Trainer Jessica Harrington with Millisle, jockey  Shane Foley, Eddie Tobin and Kate Harrington after winning at The Curragh last summer. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

Jessica Harrington is confident stamina won’t be an issue for Millisle when she pursues English Classic glory in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.(...)

Phoenix of Spain and Jamie Spencer take the 2000 Guineas at the Curragh in 2019. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

RTÉ have confirmed they wiill broadcast the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas live from the Curragh, as return of Irish racing moves closer. Racing in Ireland (...)

Luke Dempsey celebrates winning the 2019  Galway Plate with Borice. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has announced the Galway Festival will remain a seven-day meeting on its original dates this year. However, there will be signif(...)

Montjeu, seen here (right) winning the  Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe under Mick Kinane in 1999, was a former winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup. Photograph: Inpho/Allsport

The Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup has been moved to the end of July and will be open to three-year-old runners for the first time. That is among th(...)

Ryan Moore wins on Arizona at the Curragh last year. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The prospect of a crammed classic schedule means Aidan O’Brien anticipates having to split his 2,000 Guineas and Derby prospects between Ireland and E(...)

Jockeys and trainers observe social distancing at Tipperary back in March. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It begins, then. The gears and levers of sport in Ireland start to crank up and get going from today, the first slow stirs of normality since mid-Marc(...)

 Horse Racing Ireland chief executive Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland has said an extended period of racing behind closed doors could end up having implications for jobs at the semi-State body. Gove(...)

 The British government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy pushed out any resumption there to next month.  Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

France looks like having Europe’s major racing stage to itself this month after confirmation that the sport cannot resume in Britain until June 1st at(...)

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