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Rachael Blackmore and Honeysuckle on the  way to winning the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse in December. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Henry De Bromhead has said Saturday week’s PCI Irish Champion Hurdle could be a “different ball game” for his unbeaten star Honeysuckle. The mare has(...)

Road To Respect has been ruled out for the season. “Horses get legs. But he [Road To Respect] got it in Leopardstown on a track what wasn’t watered,” said Eddie O’Leary. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Michael O’Leary’s hopes of a third Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup success at the upcoming Dublin Racing Festival have been dealt a blow as one of his big (...)

Patrick Mullins celebrates winning the Matheson Hurdle on Sharjah at Leopardstown Racecourse in December 2019. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champion amateur jockey Patrick Mullins has called for the Dublin Racing Festival to include a hunter chase in future. The amalgamation of Leopardsto(...)

Patrick Mullins guiding Faugheen to victory in the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Chase at Limerick on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

The Willie Mullins camp has expressed confidence in Leopardstown’s authorities providing suitable ground conditions for the upcoming Dublin Racing Fes(...)

JP McManus: Wylde Hide recorded back to back Thyestes wins for him in 1995-96. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

It’s almost quarter of a century since JP McManus last won the Goffs Thyestes Chase but bookmakers feel he has a favourite’s chance of bridging that g(...)

Action from Leopardstown over Christmas. Over a third of European horses had Sadlers Wells, son of legendary US stallion Northern Dancer, in their pedigree. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The future of Tote Ireland, and whether all or part of it will be sold to private interests, is set to be decided by the end of March. Officials at H(...)

Paul Townend on his way to winning the BoyleSports Champion Steeplechase onboard Un De Sceaux at  Punchestown Festival in April 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Un De Sceaux tries to join a tiny band of elite horses that have won a Grade One race at the venerable age of 12 in Saturday’s feature at Ascot. Will(...)

Trainer Colm Murphy: ‘I wanted the appeal to hear my side of what actually did happen.’ Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Colm Murphy, the Champion Hurdle-winning trainer and former Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) official, failed in an appeal against a “non-tri(...)

Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle clear the last to win The baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The date of the Dublin Racing Festival just over five weeks before Cheltenham means Honeysuckle is set to be one of the star names at Irish jump racin(...)

Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare: Gusting winds of up to 90kph are forecast for the area for much of the time the Monday card is scheduled to run. The first race is due off at 12.45pm. Photograph: Inpho

Punchestown officials have conceded the outlook for racing going ahead there on Monday doesn’t look good. A 7.45am inspection is planned at the Co Kil(...)

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