Godon Elliott: ‘I appreciate that an initial viewing of this photo suggests it is a callous and staged photo but nothing could be further from the truth.’ Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has said he was “appalled” by the photograph of horse trainer Gordon Elliott sitting on a dead horse at h(...)

Rachael Blackmore: has been the busiest jump jockey in the country this campaign with over 450 rides already.  She has   four more rides scheduled at Fairyhouse on Saturday.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Rachael Blackmore could emerge from Saturday’s Fairyhouse action on top of the jockeys’ championship once again. The title lead has swapped between (...)

Trainer Colin Bowe: “There comes a point where you go beyond that, and you’re beyond the point of no return.”Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The point-to-point sector is clinging to hopes it will be allowed resume at some point next month. Leading trainer Colin Bowe was among those left re(...)

The Punchestown Festival takes place from April 27th to May 1st. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

No interference with racing is anticipated at either Punchestown or Galway racecourses after both were confirmed among 37 nationwide vaccination centr(...)

Packed grandstands at the Galway  Racing Festival in  Ballybrit. Similar scenes are very unlikely  this year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Any return of substantial crowds to racecourses this year appears unlikely according to Horse Racing Ireland. The chief executive of racing’s ruling(...)

Too often in the past racing has left itself open to claims that its regulatory instincts are light-touch and amount  to little more than a figleaf.  Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

It’s a case of better late than never about Irish racing’s plans to fundamentally shake up its anti-doping practises. It is five years since an indus(...)

Racecourse bookmakers haven’t been able to operate since the first Covid-19 lockdown last March. Photograph: Inpho

The body representing on-course bookmakers has said it is inevitable some of its members won’t return to the ring once the worst of the coronavirus pa(...)

Magical’s Irish Champion Stakes win has been voted the second-best race run in 2020. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Money allocated by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) for the installation of CCTV cameras at some racecourse stable-yards in 2018 was used instead for other (...)

Trainer Charles Byrnes is appealing against a six month ban after being found to be “seriously negligent” when one of his horses was “nobbled” with a sedative at Tramore in 2018. File photograph: Inpho

News of the Charles Byrnes trained Viking Hoard being ‘nobbled’ with a sedative at Tramore in 2018 has left jockeys shocked and been described as “alm(...)

Charles Byrnes plans to appeal a six-month suspension of his licence. File photograph: Inpho

Trainer Charles Byrnes can saddle runners ahead of his appeal against a six month ban after being found to be “seriously negligent” when one of his ho(...)

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