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About  140,000 racegoers are expected to converge on Galway to wager €13 million between the betting ring and tote.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government is weighing an increase in betting tax that horseracing and breeding groups suggest could be passed to punters. The news comes as an e(...)

Total on-course betting was €33.8 million down 6.4 per cent. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The unrelenting decline of on-course betting in Ireland was illustrated by another stark dip in turnover on the country’s racecourses in the first hal(...)

Horse Racing Ireland fears an EU court ruling  which increased VAT on horses to 9 per cent leaves the Republic at a disadvantage to France and the UK, where, unlike here, racehorse buyers can claim back the tax. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

State body Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) will ask the Government to allow racehorse owners to claim back VAT on the purchase of bloodstock in a move that(...)

 Philip Fenton: was disqualified for three years in 2014 for possession of banned animal substances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Turf Club expects to have a protocol agreed within the next two weeks that will allow racing’s regulatory body carry out drug testing on stud far(...)

Port of Cork: company’s chief executive Brendan Keating earns package including pension and benefits worth €240,000, according to 2015 accounts. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Nine chief executives of semi-State companies remained in their posts beyond a seven-year term limit laid down by Government, new figures reveal. The(...)

Aidan O’Brien has six of the 15 entries left in the Listed Salsabil Stakes on Sunday, a race acknowledged as a trial for the Epsom Oaks. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish racing’s ruling body has said it doesn’t believe there is an issue with the sport being used to launder money from the proceeds of crime. Repo(...)

 Bryan Cooper has opted to ride Ball d’Arc in Sunday’s Grade Three novice chase at Naas. But the latter has plenty to find on Gangster on official figures.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

 The weekend priority for Ireland’s top jockeys will probably be to come through in one piece so plenty of fingers will be crossed that Sunday’s (...)

Brian Kavanagh at the 2016 Horse Racing Ireland Awards, Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has said he could not know if he would be the best person for the job given his most recent reappoin(...)

Bryan Cooper on Irish-trained Don Cossack on the way to winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Brexit poses a threat to €225 million in bloodstock exports to Britain and other key elements of the racing industry, the sport’s administrative body (...)

Rule allocates temporary premium betting pitches on a rotating basis, rather than giving first refusal to longstanding senior pitch-holders.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Bookmaker Brian Graham is taking legal action against State body, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), in a row over the rules governing racecourse betting pit(...)

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