Sovereign and Pádraig Beggy win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has played down the significance of an official attendance of just less than 12,000 at Saturday’s Dubai Duty Fr(...)

Chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland Brian Kavanagh: “the investment in the Curragh is for the long term”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has refused to be drawn on what a satisfactory attendance will be for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at(...)

 Donnacha O’Brien riding Sir Dragonet win The MBNA Chester Vase Stakes at Chester  in early May. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Talks between Horse Racing Ireland and Dundalk racecourse over a timeframe for the installation of a new surface at the country’s sole all-weather tra(...)

Gordon Elliott is keen to  acknowledge Michael O’Leary’s role in his remarkable rise to prominence over the last dozen years. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Gordon Elliott has conceded Michael O’Leary’s announcement that he’s winding down his involvement with the sport over the next five years came as a sh(...)

The refurbished Curragh Racecourse with its centrepiece – the new stand. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

After four years and just over €80 million the new Curragh opens to the public today. Irish racing’s flagship facility has been built. The question no(...)

Aidan O’Brien: champion trainer sends a formidable nine-strong team to the Curragh.  Photograph: Tom Beary

A long-awaited new era starts at the redeveloped Curragh on Bank Holiday Monday and the bang-in-form Aidan O’Brien will hope to begin it in style. Th(...)

 Punchestown Festival on Friday where two industry representatives met  the agriculture counsellor at the Irish permanent representation to the EU in Brussels. Photograph: PA Wire

Politicians should not allow Brexit negotiations slip to the October 31st deadline to agree a EU-UK divorce deal, representatives of the Irish and Bri(...)

Elaine Dixon, Helen Bridges, Carol Mccarthy, Kiva Cromwell, Catherine Fee, Sarah Jane Walsh and Denise O’Dwyer, owners and staff of the Running in Heels syndicate with five-year-old Captain Courageous race horse and Loreena Van Buuren. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ladies Day at the races may conjure visions of women in hats seemingly designed to frighten the horses, picking their way between stands and enclosure(...)

Trainers have expressed concern over the track at Dundalk Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The body representing Ireland’s racehorse trainers says the “vast majority” of its members have lost confidence in the controversial all-weather circu(...)

John Oxx with  QIPCO 1,000 Guineas contender Skitter Scatter  at Currabeg Stables. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Oxx believes Dundalk’s controversial all-weather circuit isn’t suitable for the same range of horses as it used to be and has welcomed plans for (...)

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