Jim Bolger:  said that the number one problem in Irish racing is drugs and urged the IHRB to step up testing. “I am concerned with the lack of policing in racing. It’s not up to the mark, it’s not up to scratch.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulatory body has said up to 60 drug tests on hair samples taken from horses since the summer have been negative for prohibited subst(...)

Verry Elleegant holds off Anthony Van Dyck (nearest camera) to win the  Caulfield Cup in Melbourne at the weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Racing’s authorities believe evidence of the sport having operated successfully behind closed doors for over four months makes a case for it to contin(...)

Brian Kavanagh: “The Government has spoken about protecting businesses from the impact of Covid and Brexit and we’re right in the middle of both of those.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s budget, Irish racing’s top official has pointed to the sector as being “in the firing line” of both coronavirus and Brexit. The G(...)

Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Racing officials have admitted to “a sigh of relief” at news that the Government is set to reject advice to impose Level 5 lockdown restrictions due t(...)

A view of Leopardstown  during Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Racing’s ruling body has described as “reassuring” Government confirmation that the sport will continue up to all but lockdown level under its new Liv(...)

Champions Weekend took place at the Curragh on Sunday. Photo: Inpho

A third Irish jockey, Danny Sheehy, has tested positive for coronavirus. The 20-year-old rider, who is apprenticed to Curragh trainer Johnny Murtagh(...)

Jockeys walk to the spectator-free parade ring for the opening race during day two of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Curragh Racecourse last weekend. Photo: PA Wire

Any Government move to increase crowd sizes at sporting events to 500 people will allow owners go racing but also increase costs for racecourses. Ah(...)

Ghaiyyath ridden by jockey William Buick (second left) on the way to winning the Juddmonte International Stakes  at York Racecourse on August 19th. Photograph: David Davies/Pool/Getty Images

The seventh Irish Champions Weekend takes place in the grim circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic – although, from a racing point of view, it can (...)

Jockey Kevin Brouder pictured during the Galway Festival back in July. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish racing’s regulatory body has opened an investigation into a breach of the coronavirus raceday protocols by jump jockey Kevin Brouder at Galway o(...)

 Frankie Dettori riding Enable on their way to winning the Unibet September Stakes at Kempton Park Racecourse on Saturday in Sunbury, England. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Horse Racing Ireland has estimated that prizemoney for “Irish Champions Weekend” will be a third less than last year’s fund of €4.6 million. The impa(...)

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